After years of work, first leg of Bruce Freeman Rail Trail set ...

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It was a 20-year work in progress, from the first talks at the Statehouse to the bulldozers hitting the dirt.
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It is Time

Chelmsford, MA

#1 Aug 24, 2009
As a Chelmsford resident who was on the bruce Freeman Bike Path Committee back in 1993, I am as pleased as anyone that this wonderful bike trail is about to officially open.
The official dedication and opening of the bike path will take place on Saturday, August 29th, at 10:00 AM in back of the Old Town Hall in Chelmsford Center. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy the festivities and refreshments that day. You can also take an inaugural ride or walk on the newly opened bike path after the Grand Opening ceremony.
Avid Bicyclist

Chelmsford, MA

#2 Aug 24, 2009
As an avid bicyclist and a member of the early bike path committee in Chelmsford, I would like to set the record straight concerning the comment apparently made by Bernie Lynch, as quoted in this article.

According to this article Bernie Lynch said: "And for a period, some avid bicyclists protested the trail's construction, saying it was an attempt to keep them off the town's main roads."

That is not an accurate statement from my perspective. Why Bernie would say that is hard to understand. All the bicyclists I know are not at all against bike paths.

In fact, we are in favor of them as it gets many more people on their bikes and walking, keeping physically fit & lowering their weight, while at the same time reducing the use of polluting fuels and greenhouse gases.

The only opposition the early bike path committee encountered was from some of the abutters along the Hart Pond area. The bike path committee even had to spend a lot of time working on possible detours around their Hart Pond properties. It was our biggeswt obstacle, in addition to getting the funding by the State. Bernie must have forgotten that fact for some reason when he started talking (incorrectly) about "avid bicyclists."
Fed Up In Lowell

Lowell, MA

#3 Aug 24, 2009
I think this a HUGE waste of taxpayer money. Programs for the needy are being cut, police and firefighters are being laid off,our roads and bridges are in deplorable shape, but hey, we have a nice new bike path! Isn't that grand, what a freaking state we live in!!!
Great

Tyngsboro, MA

#5 Aug 24, 2009
Nice to see my tax dollars getting used for something other than overpaid town and city employee's.

I think the bike trail is a great resource for all.
enthusiastic

Wilmington, MA

#6 Aug 24, 2009
This is a great asset to the region. Statistics have shown that having a rail trail in a community actually increses property values, as having the trail nearby makes living in the area more attractive. Good police, good fire department, good schools, and good physical infrastructure are all key elements in masking a town attractive to live in.
OldYankee

Concord, MA

#7 Aug 24, 2009
The most blatent and rediculous waste of taxpayer money yet devised.
Just Saying

Fairfield, CT

#8 Aug 24, 2009
Great wrote:
Nice to see my tax dollars getting used for something other than overpaid town and city employee's.
I think the bike trail is a great resource for all.
Overpaid city workers?????!!! Like the firefighters who run into a burning building to save us, or the policemen who keep us safe?
Let me know what a bike trail can do for you when your house is on fire or someone steals your car.
BUBBA

Chelmsford, MA

#9 Aug 24, 2009
I love it. Beats getting hit by a car. Drivers, just think there will be less bikers hogging the middle of the road. It's a great use of tax payer money. Get off your fannies and exercise. It's about time my taxes did something for me, rather than politicians and the schools.
Holly

Santa Barbara, CA

#10 Aug 24, 2009
Why do we have to accept 2nd rate stuff around here? It is way too narrow. I have been to all of them and this is ridiculous.
Jim

Fitchburg, MA

#14 Aug 24, 2009
Great to see a community get behind and support a rail to trail project like this.

Often the local politicians get caught up special interests, and then prevent projects like this from becoming reality.

congratulations..
Vince Welnick

Lowell, MA

#15 Aug 24, 2009
Jim wrote:
Great to see a community get behind and support a rail to trail project like this.
Often the local politicians get caught up special interests, and then prevent projects like this from becoming reality.
congratulations..
Huh?? It's way too narrow. Just make sure you don't bump into me.
Professionalism please

Washington, DC

#16 Aug 24, 2009
Perhaps this was done in the hard copy, but it would have been nice to see a map of the trail and where one can get on and off of it [other than at Cross Point].
Holly

Santa Barbara, CA

#17 Aug 24, 2009
Professionalism please wrote:
Perhaps this was done in the hard copy, but it would have been nice to see a map of the trail and where one can get on and off of it [other than at Cross Point].
You can get off of it at any point. It is so narrow you can fall off. There are some people I find that wont move over. Its very frustrating.
newbie

Peabody, MA

#18 Aug 24, 2009
Professionalism please wrote:
Perhaps this was done in the hard copy, but it would have been nice to see a map of the trail and where one can get on and off of it [other than at Cross Point].
I agree. I'm not about to go to Chelmsford ,or Lowell.
Rick Schu

Groton, MA

#19 Aug 24, 2009
This trail is a very nice resource. Mass. lags behind other states in rail trails (just go to a state like Ohio, or even Idaho, where you can ride trails for 50-100 miles and more.) The people who are complaining are obviously fat #$%^s who never get out from behind their computers. And the cost is a PITTANCE compared to other tax payer resources. The money can also be made back in lower health care costs given the benefits of exercise. This is a WIN-WIN, people!
Eagle

Waltham, MA

#20 Aug 24, 2009
Fed Up In Lowell wrote:
I think this a HUGE waste of taxpayer money. Programs for the needy are being cut, police and firefighters are being laid off,our roads and bridges are in deplorable shape, but hey, we have a nice new bike path! Isn't that grand, what a freaking state we live in!!!
If it keeps those jerk offs in spandex who ride their bikes in rush hour like they are in a car clogging up the lanes then it is worth every dime,
happymadison

Lawrence, MA

#21 Aug 24, 2009
Holly wrote:
Why do we have to accept 2nd rate stuff around here? It is way too narrow. I have been to all of them and this is ridiculous.
Can people be happy with anything? What do you want,a six lane highway? It's a "bike path". If it's to narrow for you ,you must be to wide for it. I have a suggestion.If you don't like it,don't use it.

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Since: Jul 08

Lowell MA

#22 Aug 24, 2009
Professionalism please wrote:
Perhaps this was done in the hard copy, but it would have been nice to see a map of the trail and where one can get on and off of it [other than at Cross Point].
Here is the web site for the trail:

http://www.brucefreemanrailtrail.org/index.ht...
dracut resident

Sandwich, MA

#23 Aug 24, 2009
i see it already the sex ofenders from lowell going up there rapeing maybe murdering people over there nice job of waisting money!!!!!!

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Since: Jul 08

Lowell MA

#24 Aug 24, 2009
dracut resident wrote:
i see it already the sex ofenders from lowell going up there rapeing maybe murdering people over there nice job of waisting money!!!!!!
OK, this has to be the dumbest post ever.
What a 'waist' of pixels.

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