Minuteman Bikeway

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DO NOW:List the ways that you have ever used the bike path for.Lauren Buschini

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The RailroadsThe Lexington and West Cambridge Railroad ran on the route the bike path travels today The railroad provided both a passenger and freight service, with the Lexington Depot being one of the stops along the wayAfter the focus transitioned from railroads to roads/highways, the railroad became less and less popularIn 1981, the railroad system was completely shut down

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The Minuteman Bikeway

Tom Fortmann (who lives in Lexington today) and Alan McClennen were the primary advocates for the pathFortmann fell in love with biking when he lived in Australia, and would bike six miles every day to graduate school where he taughtThe EPA was accepting grant proposals relating to air quality planning, which is what pushed Fortmannto propose his idea for a pathIn 1993, the path was finally opened to the public for use

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Activities on the PathBikingRollerbladingWalkingDog walkingRunningCross-country skiing

Playgrounds/ picnic grounds along pathFood stores, convenience storesSpy PondThe Great MeadowsMarked historical landmarks

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Quick FactsThe path is 11.2 miles long from start to end

The bike path cost $3.2 million and took 15 years to completeThe path is in memory of Selectman Jack Edison, who put in much time and effort to make the path become a realityThe Minuteman Bikeway is part of the Rail-Trail movement (which has developed more than 1,350 rail-trails across the U.S.)2 million people used the bike path just last yearIt starts in Bedford, goes through Lexington and Arlington, and ends at Alewife Station in Cambridge

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