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  The Lexington Loop
 
The Lexington Loop
 

What to Bring

Helmet   Gloves
Safety lights   Biking pants
First aid kit   Sunglasses
Windbreaker   Backpack
Repair kit   Water bottle
Water   Snacks
Food (for lunch)    
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston:
Take I-90 West, then 128 North
Take Exit 29 for Route 2 East
On Route 2, take exit 54 for Lexington and Waltham Street North
Drive until you reach Main Street in
Lexington. Turn left and immediately right on Depot Square – follow sign for Municipal
Parking straight ahead
If gated parking is full, take right for metered parking lot. Some parking spaces available as well along the green
From Cambridge:
Take Route 2 West
Take exit 54 for Lexington and Waltham
Street North
Drive until you reach Main Street in
Lexington. Turn left and immediately right on Depot Square – follow sign for Municipal
Parking straight ahead
If gated parking is full, take right for metered parking lot. Some parking spaces available as well along the green
  Good to know in advance
 
Lexington Municipal parking is cheap: $2 for more than 5 hours – overflow parking on its right costs $.25/hour (free Sun & Holidays)

Public restrooms and water in Lexington
(Visitor Center at the entrance of the
Lexington Green, bike rack visible on left of Minuteman Bikeway)

Public restrooms and water in Concord (on Main street, follow the "Information" sign on the right – the Visitor Center is behind the
parking lot)
Buy a map to get oriented more easily:
Rubel BikeMaps "Eastern Massachusetts" – $4.95 in most bookstores in Boston
  Etiquette
 
Biking can be a dangerous sport – always wear a helmet (mandatory under 12) and
make safety your priority
Bring your trash with you and leave no
trace where you stop

Yield to pedestrians on the Minuteman
Bikeway

 
   

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Difficulty: 4/5
  Time from Boston: 30 minutes
  Duration: Full day
  Cost:

Free

  Main activity:

Biking

 
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This 30-mile ride brings you to one of the most picturesque landscapes in all New England. Taking mostly backroads, you will ride through meadows, woodlands and quaint farms, and visit historic places like Concord, Lexington and the Old North Bridge. By far the preferred ride of our staff!

This ride is better done over a day at a leisure pace, with a lunch break, though fit bikers could cover the distance in 3 hours. The loop is mostly flat, except for a steep but short climb in Lincoln. The ride is on paved roads and fit for all types of bikes.

Here are the detailed ride directions:
From the Lexington parking lot, take the Minuteman Bikeway on the right and follow it for about 4 miles until it ends in Bedford (railroad car and “The Bikeway Source store in red building)
Turn right on South Street (no sign)
At the light, turn left on 225 West
When you reach a VW dealership on the right, bear left at the fork to follow 225 West (this is a tricky turn – walk you bike to cross the road)
In about 1.5 mile, turn left on River Road, which later becomes Monument Street (the sign is barely visible – be careful not to miss it). This 4-mile stretch is one of the quietest and most picturesque you can find around Boston
Follow Monument Street to Concord. Right before entering the town, you will ride past Old North Bridge (large parking lot on the left, and tree alley on the right). You can stop and walk your bike to the bridge
In Concord, go around half the rotary and turn right on Main Street
Turn left on Sudbury Street on the left about 200 yards after the rotary
Cross Route 2 at the lights; about 2 miles after Concord, go straight on Garfield Road at the fork (another tricky turn here – watch for traffic carefully). Garfield is a nearly deserted backroad that will give you
At the end of Garfield Road, turn left on Route 117. There is a bike path on the right side of the road starting after about 1 mile.
At the lights, turn left on Route 126 to enter the Lincoln area. There is a stretch of bike path on the right side of the road.
After about 0.4 mile turn right on Codman Road. This is another quiet road bordered by conservation land. Will you resist the appeal of these meadows to take a rest there?
At the stop sign, turn left on Lincoln Road. There will be a steep climb after crossing Trapelo road, but you can walk you bike on the bike path on the left side of the road.
Cross Route 2 at the lights and go straight until you reach Route 2A
Turn right on 2A and ride for about 1 mile
Turn right on Mill Street, another quiet and nearly secret road. At the next fork, take left on Lincoln Street (house on the right with – JA Kingston – name on mailbox) to take a nice dike road across the Cambridge Reservoir
Ride under the bridge and follow Lincoln Street on left. Cross Route 2A (BP gas station) and take left on Worthern at next stop
Turn immediately right at light on Mass Ave. Stay right at fork on Main Street
Turn left on Depot Square to ride back to the parking lot. Congratulations!
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