Ideas for Riding and Walking in BikeLife’s Newest City
Cambridge is a beautiful city to explore on two feet, two wheels – or by boat! And the Cambridge Pedestrian Committee works to make it better and better by advising on roadway design and policies related to pedestrians. It even hosts annual walks to show off Cambridge’s hidden gems.
Length = 2 miles
Begin at Broad Canal, where you can explore outdoor activities, such as kayaking, and take the multi-use walkway to Land Boulevard. Next, head up Third Street towards Main and walk through the food court at 4 Cambridge Center to gain access to the Cambridge Center Roof Garden.
Exit onto Broadway and continue to the Broad and Koch Institutes to check out some of the research being done in science and technology at MIT. Next stop is the Grand Junction Railroad, constructed in the mid-19th century and now boasting a multi-use path and park.
Finally, walk through little-known connections along Main Street, winding through Technology Square and One Kendall. End at the Loughrey Pedestrian Walkway (a Hubway station marks the spot), where you can connect to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center. Take a rest and charge your phone on a Soofa solar-powered charging bench.
Length = 2 miles
Start at the Lechmere Canal, which was constructed in 1895 as part of an active seaport and is now an oasis in the middle of busy East Cambridge. Walk over to North Point Park, created as mitigation for the infamous Big Dig. The beautiful park contains playgrounds, paths and fields. Next up is the North Bank Bridge, opened in 2012 as a connection between Cambridge and Paul Revere Park in Charlestown. This attractive multi-use path provides an important connection to North Station.
From North Bank Bridge, look towards the iconic Zakim Bridge and the Lynch Family Skate Park, stewarded through 10 years of planning by the Charles River Conservancy and many community partners and funders. Just past the skate park are EF Education First, Twenty/20, and NorthPoint Common. End your walk at the Brian P. Murphy Memorial Staircase, erected in memory of the late Assistant City Manager of Community Development. This staircase serves as a pedestrian route to the MBTA Community College Orange Line station.