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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Arlington Bicycling Social:  “The Middlesex Revelation”


Join the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) for our annual indoor Bicycling Social get-together on Tuesday evening, February 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the Common Ground Bar & Grill in Arlington Center. For this year's Bicycling Social, ABAC is hosting Richard Fries, the executive director of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), who will talk about the “Middlesex Revelation” and how Massachusetts could become America’s bike-friendly hub. “When people discuss America's most bike-friendly areas,” Richard reports, “Boston and its MetroWest suburbs are never in the discussion. But Middlesex County, with more than 200 miles of bike paths and another 150 miles in the works, is poised to become the Netherlands of America!” A review of GPS data, state policies, local initiatives, and transportation infrastructure will outline the amazing opportunities unique to this area.


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 this year.  


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 Tuesday evening, February 20. A cash bar will be available, and a donation of $5 (or more if you like) is requested to help defer 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.  


Minuteman Bikeway 25th Anniversary

There will be a 25th Anniversary Celebration through Arlington, Lexington and Bedford in September, 2018 - More details to follow.

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