The Arlington, Massachusetts Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) was appointed by the Board of Selectmen in 1996 to advise the Town on local bicycling conditions.  The all-volunteer committee promotes all forms of safe bicycling on town roadways and the Minuteman Bikeway — from recreational riding to using the bicycle for transportation and errands. For bikeway snow plowing info see the Bikeway page.

ABAC works with the town on legislation and hosts cycling events. Arlington is a Bicycle Friendly Community as defined by the League of American Bicyclists

Ghost Bike Dedication Ceremony for Cary Coovert

Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Tower Park, Lexington - click above for details

On March 24, we lost a member of the cycling community to a bike crash on the Minuteman Bikeway.

Please join us on Monday, April 8, to dedicate a ghost bicycle memorial for Cary Coovert, a cyclist and resident of Arlington MA.

This event will take place in Tower Park in Lexington MA, adjacent to the bikeway. You are welcome to arrive by bicycle and on foot. Car parking is available along Massachusetts Avenue.

For questions and more information please reach out directly to galen@massbike.org

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A Tuesday evening March, 2019  - Image courtesy of David Creedon


 Arlington Bicycling Social:  - February 27

“Looking at the Future of Bike-Sharing in Arlington and Beyond”


Join the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) for our annual indoor Bicycling Social get-together on Wednesday evening, February 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the Kickstand Cafe in Arlington Center. For this year's Bicycling Social, ABAC is hosting Scott Mullen, Northeast Director of Expansion for Lime, which launched Arlington’s pilot bike-sharing program last year. Scott will talk about Lime’s current programs and the company’s plans for the future. He’s also an Arlington resident. 


Since Lime’s pilot program launched last summer, dockless bike sharing in Arlington has become a popular way to travel around town. As of October 2018, Lime bike users in Arlington have taken more than 15,000 rides on the dockless bike-share system, averaging about 1,100 rides per week during the warm-weather season. The system started with 150 manual Lime bikes in late-June with 30-40 Lime-E electric-assist bicycles added in September. Dockless bike sharing allows residents and visitors to use a mobile app to locate, unlock, and rent bikes with ease. The app finds the bike closest to you and allows you to unlock the bicycle by scanning the QR code. Arlington’s dockless bike share program is part of a regional system organized by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) that includes 14 other municipalities including Bedford, Belmont, Malden, Medford, Newton, Waltham, and Watertown. Riders can utilize Lime bikes within this region.


In addition, commemorative long-sleeve Minuteman Bikeway 25th Anniversary T-shirts will be available for sale during the event. The Minuteman Bikeway was completed and dedicated in 1992-1993 in Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford. ABAC has been helping to promote and celebrate the bikeway’s anniversary and related events.  


ABAC's Bicycling Social will be held on Wednesday, February 27, at the Kickstand Cafe, 594 Massachusetts Ave., in Arlington Center, which will extend its opening hours for this special event (7:00-9:00 p.m.). The café’s counter service will be available, and a donation of $5 (or more if you like) is requested to help cover event costs. All proceeds will benefit ABAC’s efforts to make improve bicycling conditions in Arlington and beyond. ABAC's website is available at www.abac.arlington.ma.us

Revival: The Story of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway - a video by Kim Downey


Arlington Center Safe Travel Project Updates:


The HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) light has now been replaced with a traffic light.


Here is a diagram of the new cycling infrastructure in Arlington Center.

For more details visit the town's Safe Travel Project page.

Arlington ABAC,
May 18, 2014, 6:06 PM