Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path

Massachusetts

Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Middlesex
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Alewife T-station (Cambridge) and Cedar Street (Somerville)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032281
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path Description

Alewife Linear Park is a beautiful paved trail stretching 2 miles east from the Alewife T-station in Cambridge to Cedar Street in Somerville. The park came about after the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (the "T") put its Red Line underground; between the Alewife and Davis T-stations, the subway runs directly beneath the trail. The trail's urban/suburban locale and its direct link to the 11-mile Minuteman Bikeway makes this a busy commuter and recreation corridor.

Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail and there are waste bag dispensers on the Cambridge part of the trail. Note that some residents break this rule so care should be taken and bikers should be on the lookout for loose dogs. Walkers and joggers might want to watch were they step on grassy areas as not all dog owners are considerate and pick up their dog's waste.

The west end of the trail starts at Russell Field, an attractive, well-designed park with a football gridiron and field house, baseball diamonds, water fountains, bike racks and a loop cycling path. A few blocks beyond the park, you'll need to cross busy Massachusetts Avenue.

Near the trail midpoint, a tree-lined brick path leads directly to the Davis T-station. From here east the trail is referred to as the Somerville Community Path. Several wind-activated structures on brick-and-steel pillars depict scenes of historical Somerville. Cyclists may use any of the numerous bike racks and, outside of rush hour, you may choose to take your bike on the train for a further exploration of metro Boston.

Or continue past the station, through the hip Davis Square neighborhood and back onto the Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path for almost another mile to Cedar Street. Along the way you'll pass a couple of parks, including one with a playground. East of Cedar Street the trail is slated to continue another 0.25 mile. Additional plans call for the trail to be extended to Cambridge and Boston as part of the Green Line extension (light rail) of the MBTA.

Parking and Trail Access

By subway, take the Red Line to Alewife or Davis Square. Bicycles are permitted on subways during off-peak hours on weekdays or all day on weekends. To reach the Alewife T-station, and trail parking, take Interstate 95 to Exit 29A and head east on the Concord Turnpike/State Route 2 toward Arlington and Cambridge. At the end of the turnpike bear right on Alewife Brook Parkway then turn right on Cambridge Park Drive. The station is on the right and the trailhead is behind the parking garage. For more information, visit www.mbta.com.

Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path Reviews

Cambridge and Somerville may be bike friendly, but traffic is traffic. I ride from the Alewife MBTA station to Davis Square every day and this trail is terrific. Other than some puddling near the entrance at the Massachusetts Avenue crossing, and the crossing itself, this is a nice, rolling ride. At Mass Ave there is no direct crossing point. Cyclists must wait for the pedestrian light to cross from the trail exit to the corner, then across Mass Ave to rejoin the path on the final run to the bike racks at the Davis Square MBTA station. By the way, a bike cage is being built at Davis, like the two at Alewife.

It is nice that you can bike from Cambridge to Somerville without using streets.

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