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 was recently named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists


Arlington Center Safe Travel Project Updates:


A HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) light will be installed shortly at the corner of Swan Place and Massachusetts Avenue - where cyclists on the Minuteman Bikeway will be crossing Mass  Ave heading westbound. This light can be activated by pedestrians and cyclists. Here are some details on how it works. Click for a larger, more readable version.

HAWK Light

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

For more details visit the town's Safe Travel Project page.
2017 Events (more coming soon...)
Bike Talk Social Hour- Wed. March 1st - ABAC's Phil Goff will speak at the Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somervile

Come on out to the next Bike Talk to hear the Founder of East Arlington Livable Streets (EALS) Coalition Phil Goff (and original founder of LSA) talk about the successful battle for a complete street in East Arlington. Socializing starts at 6PM, talk starts at 6:30 PM. Come hang out with fellow bike advocates and bike aficionados, drink great beer and talk bikes! Click here for details

2016 Events:

Retracing the Ride (Mostly) of Paul Revere - Sunday May 22nd 2:00 PM
The Somerville Bike Committee is hosting this ride. It starts at the Holiday Inn on the Charlestown/Somerville border, where there is a marker commemorating Paul's narrow escape from the British Loyalists.  Stops currently being considered are the First Telephone House in East Somerville and the Powderhouse/Nathan Tufts Park in West Somerville, the Royall House and 1 other in Medford, and possibly the Jason Russell House and another spot in Arlington. The ride ends at the Schwamb Mill in Arlington Heights.

BikeArlington Tour - Sunday May 15th, 2016* 

The BIKE-Arlington Tour is an annual easy-paced bicycle tour around town is organized by ABAC in local celebration of Bay State Bike Week. 

The family-friendly bike tour passes on the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, featuring informational stops along the way.         *See above announcement for more details

Kick Off Bay State Bike Month at Aeronaut Brewing Company - Sunday May 1, 2016

Somerville Bike Committee will take over Aeronaut on Sunday May 1 from 1-5 PM. This event will feature two "Bike Bands" Electrolux Combo and Strawberry Jam, Bike Advocacy Groups and a panel discussion; How to Avoid and/or De-Escalate Road Rage from 3-4:30 PM. More details here

Past Events:

Arlington Winter Bicycling Social:  
Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) had their annual indoor Winter Bicycling Social on March 1 at the Common Ground Bar & Grill in Arlington Center.  Representatives of local-area bicycle committees shared updates and briefly discussed what has worked (and not worked so well) in the past to make our communities more bicycle-friendly. 

Town Day - September 12th, 2015

ABAC distributed about 40 bike helmets to children at Town Day. These were generously donated by the Boston law firm Breakstone, White & Gluck PC. We also sold 25 bike lights at a reduced cost to encourage night time safety.

BikeArlington Tour - Sunday May 17th, 2015 

The BIKE-Arlington Tour was held Sunday May 17, 2015. This annual easy-paced bicycle tour around town is organized by ABAC in local celebration of Bay State Bike Week. 

The family-friendly bike tour will passes on the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, featuring informational stops along the way. 

For details see the BikeArlington page

Bikeway Cleanup - Saturday April, 18th - 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Bicycle Tune-Up Clinic - click for more details

For Arlington Housing Authority Residents

Saturday April 25th, 2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bobby Mac Memorial Ride - Saturday April 4th

March 4th - 2015vArlington Bicycling Winter Social: 

Sharing our roads and pathways more respectfully

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the Common Ground Bar & Grill in Arlington Center.

 This year's ABAC Winter Social featured a lively and interactive forum to discuss transportation-related issues among cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists sharing both the roadways and multi-use paths like the Minuteman Bikeway.  ABAC’s Winter Social forum will addressed common courtesy, community safety, and traffic laws.

Representatives from LivableStreets Alliance, WalkBoston, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the local bicycling community, and the Arlington Police Department participated in ABAC's forum discussion, which was moderated by Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine. 

February 21, 2015

Today we shoveled out the bike racks and some of the sidewalks at Broadway Plaza in advance of next week's Winter Social at the Common Ground. See below for event details. See you March 4th!


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