CRW Rides are open to members and limited guests. Guests may only attend two rides before joining.
All riders (both Members and Guests) must REGISTER

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If a rider has not pre-registered, that rider must do so online at the start of the ride. 

The online registration will include a liability waiver that all riders will need to review and accept. 

The online registration will also require all riders to review CRW’s Safety and COVID Guidelines and to agree to follow those guidelines on the ride.


This ride is co-sponsored by the AMC Boston Bike Committee and Charles River Wheelers

Come enjoy an 18 mile mostly bike path tour along the Charles from Alewife to Waltham via Watertown and back. You won’t believe how bucolic some sections along the river this urban area ride is! There are some surface streets we must use to connect the paths. Be aware, though we are mostly on bike paths, there are many crossings and expect heavy bike, and pedestrian traffic and quick turns. Following the rules of the road is a must for safety. Due to the type of ride we will plan on an overall speed of approx. 11-12 mph overall speed with a short stop in Waltham. To keep the group well guided and sort of together through the many turns and crossings, we will ask riders to participate in the "human arrow" method (more detail at the pre-ride brief). Helmets required, bright, highly visible clothing and blinky lights are highly recommended. Please download the ride from the RWGPS link to your smartphone, gps device, or print a cue sheet (plus we will have the human arrows!). Feel free to contact the leader for any questions. Meet at 5:30 pm sharp, ready to ride at the start of the Minuteman Bikeway across the street from the Alewife MBTA Station Parking Lot, on the Arlington Side. Search on “Start of Minuteman Bike Path” in google maps to get exact location. Ride must start on time due to approaching sunset. For those interested after the ride, we may be having something to eat at nearby Jasper White's Summer Shack. There is a small outdoor seating area.

Date: Tuesday Aug 17, 2021
5:30 p.m. for 18 miles
Ride Leader(s): 
Ride type: 
Led Ride

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Routes and Cue Sheets from RWGPS

Miles Elevation Print Download
18 292 ft Cue sheet GPX

Ride Start

Minuteman Bikeway Trailhead (Arlington/Cambridge)

Alewife Station Access Rd and Steel Place
Cambridge , MA

To reach the Cambridge Minuteman trailhead by subway, take the MBTA Red Line to the Alewife Station. Bicycles are allowed on weekends and during off-peak hours on weekdays; see for details.

To reach the Cambridge Minuteman trailhead by car from I-95, take Exit 29A to MA 2 toward Boston. Go 5.9 miles and take the Alewife Station exit. The Alewife Station Access Road becomes Steel Place. Go 0.4 mile and turn left into the parking garage (fee charged).

The Minuteman Bikeway starts on the north side of the Alewife building, at the intersection of Steel Pl and Alewife Station Access Rd. This is the intersection of three bike paths: Fitchburg Cutoff, Alewife Linear, and Minuteman.


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