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Somerville Community Path ("The Bike Path")
15 Rev Nazareno Properzi Way, Somerville, MA 02143

If you build a pathway in Somerville, they will come. This heavily used path runs from Grove St. (behind theMore Rite-Aid) to Cedar Ave. Though it's just a thin ribbon of green space with an asphalt path, it's likely among the City's most used parks. Commuters on foot and bicycle fill the half-mile-long path at rush hour. Others simply stroll its length to take in the greenery. Trees line most of the route and occasional benches offer seating. Old-fashioned streetlamps light the way at night and the City keeps it plowed in winter.  And if all goes well, it may be getting longer.

The City and the citizen group Friends of the Community Path are working to extend the path eastward. The first new link will be to Central Ave. Ultimately, the goal is for it to reach Lechmere, where it would link with the Charles River Bike Path and provide a bike route to downtown Boston. On the west side, plans aim to better link the path to the Alewife Linear Park, which, in turn, leads to the Minuteman Bikeway to Bedford.

Cycling fans are also working to link the path to the planned 104-mile Mass Central Rail Trail that will run from just west of Northampton to Boston (by way of Somerville, of course).