December 7, 2014

Bike

Biking is a great form of exercise that is low-impact on your joints and muscles. Also, its a great (free) way to get out of town to pick up groceries! Watertown is fortunate to have off street options that include the Charles River Path and Watertown Greenway.

To learn more about biking in Watertown visit the Bike + Pedestrian Committee website.

Safety Tips

Four Basic Safety Tips
  1. Maintain control of your bicycle.
  2. Protect yourself – reduce the risk of a head injury by always wearing a helmet.
  3. Be visible, alert, and communicate your intentions.
  4. Ride with traffic.
General
  • Wear bright/light colors
  • Wear a helmet, and make sure it’s fitted to your head
  • Use proper bike hand signals for turning
  • Use your bell or be vocal (but be nice!)
  • Keep your eyes on the road to avoid hazards
  • Ride with traffic on the road
  • Obey traffic signs and signals
  • Watch out for cars parallel parking
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order (e.g. functional brakes, etc)
  • Wear lights at night – its the law
  • DON’T make assumptions about drivers
  • Watch out for other cyclists and other runners
  • DO carry identification with you
  • Have a plan, and a backup plan
  • Know where you are going, or bring a map
  • Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back

Where To Go

There are many on-street and off-street options to ride your bike in Watertown.  Take your bike down to the Charles River Path and enjoy a great afternoon riding  and seeing the sights.  If you’re feeling really adventurous you could ride your bike to go canoeing on the Charles, and then ride your bike back home.  Or  instead of driving to pick up those groceries you forgot , take your bike.  It’s a a great way to get exercise and save money.

Watertown Greenway

Watertown GreenwayDescription:  Formerly part of the  Watertown Branch Railroad, the Greenway is the newest multi-use path in Watertown.  Right now the path is open from Arlington Street to School Street.

Distance:  1.2 miles, with plans to expand

Charles River Path

Charles River PathDescription:  Use the 23 mile multi-use path to get to Harvard Square, Back Bay or Downtown Boston for recreation or to get to work.   Or travel west and go to Waltham.  Check here to see a map of the path.

Distance:  23 miles

Bike Lanes + On-Street Biking

Bike Lanes + On-Street BikingBike Lane locations: 
Charles River Road
N Beacon Street Arsenal (partial)
Main Street – Moxley Park to Waltham

Resources

Group Rides
Shops
Bike Planning + Policy
Maps

Bike Infastructure Bike Routes