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Bike to the Sea prepares for June 3 ribbon cutting, ride through Malden

Posted by Matt Byrne  May 24, 2012 10:04 AM

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After years of organizing, fund raising, and advocacy, Malden nonprofit Bike to the Sea will host a ride June 3 on the emerging cycling route.

The ride comes after hundreds of thousands of dollars were poured into the project from donors, grants, and municipal funding, bringing the North Strand Community Trail closer to completion this year than ever before.

"After 20 years of effort we're actually going to be on the trail, and we're excited by that," said Stephen Winslow, principal organizer at Bike to the Sea.

When completed, the trail will run from downtown Malden to the water's edge in Lynn along disused rail beds that the group is reclaiming.

Registration fees are $15 for individuals and $25 for families. Registering day-of will add $5 to each fee, according to Bike to the Sea. Riders should meet at the Madeline English School in Everett at 8 a.m., the group said.

Before the ride, Winslow and others will celebrate the opening of 1.5 miles of crushed-stone trail that runs through the city. In Malden, planners said a 2.5 mile portion is expected to be complete by August, but will be navigable for the riders.

The Malden portion was funded largely by a $500,000 city bond, but the city has approved more than $250,000 in additional funding, said Beth Debski, a Malden Development Authority project manager overseeing the work. In all, the malden project will cost about $787,000, Debski said.

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