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


BIKE-Arlington Tour planned for Sunday, May 21 


The annual BIKE-Arlington Tour is scheduled for Sunday morning, May 21, 2017.  This easy-paced bicycle tour around town is organized by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) in local celebration of Bay State Bike Week. The family-friendly bike tour will pass on both the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, featuring informational stops along the way. 


This year’s community bike tour will meet in Arlington Heights and travel first into East Lexington with brief stops at Arlington’s Great Meadows, Rindge Park (overlooking the Arlington Reservoir), Lexington Community Farm, and the nearby Goat Yard (with both adult and baby goats). The tour will then continue through Arlington with stops at McClennen Park, Cooke’s Hollow, Mill Brook, and Meadowbrook Park. The tour will end at the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington Heights, which will be open to visitors with special events and exhibits including "Outtakes: The Photographs of Mark Ostow." ($5 donation is requested to visit and support the Old Schwamb Mill.) An officer from Arlington’s Police Bicycle Unit is expected to join the community tour.


The BIKE-Arlington tour is FREE. Bicycle helmets are required, and all participants will be responsible for their own safety. Bring something to drink.  


Meet on Sunday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m. at the Hurd Field parking lot (off Drake Road, behind Trader Joe’s). The bike tour will end around 11:30 a.m. with light refreshments served at the Old Schwamb Mill. Steady rain will cancel the bike tour. For additional local bicycling events during Bike Week, see baystatebikeweek.org.

Arlington Bicycling Social, Monday May 22nd, 2017 -- Celebrating the Minuteman Bikeway

Join the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) for their annual indoor Bicycling Social get-together on Monday evening, May 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the Common Ground Bar & Grill in Arlington Center.  During this year's Bicycling Social, we are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Bikeway, which was opened and dedicated in 1992.  Our featured guest and presenter will be Alan McClennen, Arlington's longtime planning and community development director from 1974-2003 (now retired).  Alan was instrumental in getting the Minuteman Bikeway project approved, funded, and built.  Since opening in 1992, the Minuteman Bikeway has become a treasured community asset and regional landmark. You are invited to attend and join the celebration of the Bikeway's 25th anniversary.  (This event is part of Arlington's series of community events celebrating the bikeway's anniversary; watch for future event announcements.)

ABAC's Annual Social will be held in the Common Ground Bar & Grill's Event Room, 319 Broadway, in Arlington Center. Ask for the Bicycling Social and the Event Room when you enter on Monday evening, May 22.  A cash bar will be available. 

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.


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