Diversity

The Massachusett-Nipmuc Ride

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Dec 5, 2021
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Horn Pond Parking Lot

93 Lake Avenue
Woburn , MA
Directions: 

From 128 take Rt. 3 SOUTH, Exit 33A (Cycle Loft exit). Head east for approximately 3 miles. Just after Whole Foods, turn Left onto Pond St. (This turns into Lake Ave.). The parking lot is approximately ½ mile on the left at the pond. It is located directly across the street from University Apartments, 48 Lake Avenue, Woburn MA. There are two commuter rail stops in Winchester located approximately 1½ mile from the ride start. Schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Lowell/timetable

Memorial Elementary School

107 Eliot Street
Natick , MA
Directions: 

From Rt 128 take Exit 21 Rt 16 West. Travel 5.5 miles on Rt. 16. The School is in South Natick (0.5 miles past the S. Natick traffic light) on your right.

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Indian Burial Ground sign
Foliage
Muffin the Ripper pony at Ponyhenge
Dirt road
Quiet road
Horse sculpture
Snails
Cambridge Reservoir with rock and foliage

Postponed by weather from Native American Heritage Day, November 26, 2021.
The day after Thanksgiving is Native American Heritage Day. We will ride to South Natick in honor of the Massachusett-Nipmuc tribe.
Since ancient times they followed the seasons and roamed central and eastern Massachusetts in search of fish, clams, fowl, game, and wild plants and berries. They were decimated by disease as a result of European contact and were forced circa 1650 by the colonists to scatter or assimilate and take up a sedentary life in "Praying Towns" like South Natick from which they were gradually dispossessed.
Our ride will visit their burial place next to the Bacon Free Library in South Natick at mile 35.6. We will have coffee across the street at the Charles River Coffee House, which is built on the site of the old Bailey Hotel, a favorite meetup spot for recreational and racing cyclists in the 19th century.
Note: There is one mile of good dirt road starting at mile 45.6 that is rideable on a road bike.
This is a ride created by New England Cycling Coalition for Diversity. NECCD has given us permission to use this route.

Notes: 

62 mile Ride:
Pace: about 15-17 mph moving average
There is one mile of dirt road. It is rideable on a road bike.
Start / Finish / Parking: Horn Pond Parking Lot at 93 Lake Ave, Woburn, MA.
Time: Get there by 8:45 AM so we are ready to roll at 9:00 AM.
Stops: mile 35.6 for history and coffee
Distance: 62.3 miles
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37925859

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25 Mile Ride:
Pace 13 mph with Ride Leader
Start: Memorial Elementary School, Joseph East Alinger Drive, Natick, MA
Time: 11:00 AM
Distance 25 miles.
Route: https://ridewithGPS.com/routes/38099846

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
20
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Alewife-Waltham on Bike Paths

Date: 
Aug 17, 2021
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Minuteman Bikeway Trailhead (Arlington/Cambridge)

Alewife Station Access Rd and Steel Place
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

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 mbta.com 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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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.

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No
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60
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Alewife-Charlestown Loop

Date: 
Aug 12, 2021
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Come enjoy a 19 mile mostly bike path tour along the Charles from Alewife to Charlestown and back. A highlight will be the new-ish bike bridge from Charlestown to Cambridge. There are some surface roads in West Cambridge to access the Charles. Be aware this is an urban ride and though we are mostly on bike paths, there are many crossings and expect heavy vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic. Following the rules of the road is a must for safety. Due to traffic, we will plan on an overall speed of approx. 12 mph overall speed with no formal rest stops. 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 hightly recommended. Please register on the AMC system, but beyond that the ride is show and go and registrants will be accepted by the leaders without any follow-up or screening. 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. Ride must start on time due to approaching sunset. For those interested after the ride, we will be having something to eat at nearby Jasper White's Summer Shack. There isn't any outdoor seating, but it's very large and open inside.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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Marshall "Major" Taylor Celebration Ride

Date: 
Jul 11, 2021
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Wellesley High School

50 Rice St
Wellesley , MA
Directions: 

From Rt. 128, north or south, take Rt. 16 west/Wellesley exit. Proceed west on Rt. 16 past the intersection with Rt. 9 (at about 1.1 mile), and then past several (2 or 3) traffic lights. After the traffic light at the intersection with Rockland/Forest St., Rice St. is the next left. Turn left on Rice, and after a short distance the High School will appear on the left. The High School is about 0.4 mi from the Wellesley Hills commuter rail station: take Washington Street west, turn left onto Forest Street and right onto Paine Street. Schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Worcester/timetable

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Wellesley High School

50 Rice Street

Wellesley, MA

 

Notes: 

In the 1890's, Major Taylor had the unofficial title of world's fastest bicyclist.  He won countless races including the 1899 World Championship 1 mile race at Queen's Park in Montreal in 3:02 minutes.  On today's ride, several participant's names will be drawn at random to receive Major Taylor Cycling Jerseys.

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No
Rider Limit: 
100
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