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Photos from Oct 2010 tour of the proposed Path



The Friends of the Community Path are a group of citizens in Somerville and greater Boston who are advocating to extend this well-loved Somerville path 2.2 miles from its current ending at Lowell Street in Somerville to the Charles River paths.

BIG NEWS!!: The MBTA and MassDOT have decided to fund the design of the entire Path Ext.!!

Dec 2013 presentation on the Community Path to Young Professionals in Transportation at MAPC. Full MAPC "Metrics" report on Path!

The Community Path needs to be fully funded to be built as part of the coming Green Line Extension, the only practical way it can be constructed. Click to see our letter on the GLX delay and Path funding, a letter to the MPO on "lost" funding. Past letters to the MBTA board and to Sec. Ian Bowles & Sec. Jeff Mullan.

What the future of the path can be!

The route will follow the route of the Lowell line railroad tracks and the Green Line extension, linking the Minuteman Bikeway/Linear Park (the most-used rail trail in the USA) to the Charles River Paths, a total of 48 miles!

Sound good? Paths like this happen only with community support, so we need you! more...

Past Documents: Aletter to the Legislature on Funding for Transportation, including paths and trails. Our 2016 presentation to the Somerville Community Preservaton Committee requesting CPA funding to repave the existing Comm Path. A Status report on the Path; History of the Path with photos. The State's latest (Dec 2012) design  of the Path. Older presentations from 2006 and 2008 on proposed routes. The 2008 plans. Click on Events & Press Kit for other photos & recent happenings.

Click for,  for bike rides.

The Path is the east end of the 104-mile Mass Central Rail Trail. In the last 6 years, 1.7-miles were built on the eastern end as summarized here.

The proposed path
The proposed Community Path, please click on it to see a larger view

Supporters of the path include:

Alternative Needs Transportation (ANT)
Arlington Dept. of Planning and Community Development
Bedford Bicycle Advisory Committee
Belmont Bikeway Planning Committee
Belmont Friends of the Path
Bikes Belong (industry group)
Bikes Not Bombs
Boston Transportation Department
Broadway Bicycle School
Cambridge Bicycle Committee
Capuano, Michael E. (US Congressman 8th District)
Charles River Conservancy
Ciclismo Classico Tours
Cycle Loft East Cambridge Planning Team

Friends of the Community Growing Center
Groundwork Somerville
Inline Club of Boston
Jehlen, Patricia (State Senator)
Kelly Gay, Dorothy (former Somerville Mayor)
Lexington Bicycle Advisory Committee
Medford Office of Community Development Medford GreenLine Neighborhood Alliance
Miller Systems, Inc
Montague Bicycles
Mystic River Watershed Association
O2 Yoga Studio (Janet T., Mara P., Mimi L.)

                        Part Sales and Service                    Provost, Denise (State Representative)
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Redbones BBQ
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Roche, William M. (Somerville Alderman Ward 1)
Rubel BikeMaps
Seven Cycles
Seven Generations Video
Somerville Bicycle Committee
Somerville Charter School
Somerville Community Access Television
Somerville Conservation Commission
Somerville Historic Preservation Commission
Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development
Somerville Public Health Nutrition Taskforce
Somerville Road Runners
Spaulding & Sly Colliers International
Toomey, Timothy J., JR (State Representative)
Vanu Inc.
Visiting Nurse Assisted Living Community
Walk Boston
Wheelworks (Somerville and Belmont)
Wild Women Outfitters

In addition, we coordinate our efforts on path connections with MassDOT, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the City of Somerville, and other groups and stakeholders.

Do you own property or live within one block of the proposed path or have ideas or concerns? The Community Path is a neighborhood effort. We want your input to design a proposal that meets the needs of everyone living nearby. Your concerns, ideas, and participation will help to make the best possible path.

Please call Lynn or Joel at (617) 776-7769, or send email to



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