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

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November Meeting - Date Change

November's meeting date has been changed to Wednesday, November 14th due to Thanksgiving holiday conflicts with the 21st.

Executive Board Open Seat

    A seat on the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee has recently been vacated and the Committee is now searching for an individual to fill the position. The seat is open to all Arlington residents, but eligible candidates must take an active interest in Arlington bicycling issues. The Bicycle Advisory Committee typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:15 PM. The Committee is involved with a variety of bicycle-related activities, and its primary goal is to improve conditions for bicyclists in Arlington. If interested in filling the position, please email a letter of interest and resume to Erin Zwirko, Assistant Director with the Department of Planning & Community Development, by September 7, noon to (ezwirko@town.arlington.ma.us). The appointment of an individual to fill the vacancy will be subject to approval by the Select Board. The individual will be appointed to the Committee for a three-year term.



Minuteman Bikeway Day

Saturday, September 29, 2018


Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Bikeway on Saturday, September 29, when Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford will host a tri-town celebration of the popular rail-trail. The bikeway was completed and dedicated by the three towns during 1992-93, and its success has inspired countless rail-trail and pathway projects in New England and beyond. As we celebrate the past 25 years of Going Places on the Minuteman Bikeway, we look forward to an even better trail that is part of a robust regional bicycle transportation network. 


Community receptions will be held simultaneously from 11:00am–3:00pm along the Minuteman Bikeway in all three towns on September 29, and you are welcome to stop by and visit as many receptions as you like in Arlington Center (Whittemore Park), Lexington Center (Visitors Center lawn) and Bedford (near Bikeway Source). Each location will feature connections with local bikeway representatives, information about current and future bikeway initiatives, and light refreshments. Of course, the best way to celebrate the bikeway’s success is to get out and enjoy it by foot, bike, skates, or wheelchair -- and we look forward to celebrating “Minuteman Bikeway Day” with everyone on September 29.


Arlington’s Minuteman Bikeway Day celebrations will include a community reception at Whittemore Park in Arlington Center, co-hosted by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) and the Aeronaut Arlington Beer Garden with live music, local food vendors, additional bicycle racks, and (of course) great beer! Minuteman Bikeway 25th Anniversary T-Shirts will also be available for sale at the ABAC booth. 


Along the bikeway, live music performances will be staged at Whittemore Park, Magnolia Field, Linwood Circle (Spy Pond), behind Trader Joe's (at bikeway level), and inside the Old Schwamb Mill during the afternoon. In addition, to help celebrate the bikeway’s anniversary, 10 miles of “Bikeway Haiku” poetry will be stenciled on the bikeway pavement in all three towns, organized by Arlington Public Art.


For more information, including Minuteman Bikeway Day event listings for all three towns, see the Bikeway25 website:  https://www.bikeway25.org.

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