Below, you will find information on a bike route that uses quiet streets, shared paths and sidewalks, and separated bike lanes between Belmont and Cambridge. Both Belmont and Cambridge made some major changes in 2022 that make this route much more comfortable to cycle.
Start: Belmont Center, Belmont
End: Cambridge Main Library, Cambridge
Bonus: Inman Square, Cambridge
It takes about 30 minutes to cycle this route.
- Separated bike lane / cycle track = SBL
- Quiet street / access street = QS
- Shared-lane markings = Sharrow
- Shared use path/sidewalk = a path or sidewalk that is intended for pedestrians and cyclists to share the space, pass pedestrians carefully
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Written directions for the main route
- Go east on Concord Avenue SBL
- You will have a lengthy incline approaching Bright Road
- You will ride on a short section of standard bike lane near Blanchard Road which is also the boundary with Cambridge
- Continue onto the sidewalk-level SBL
- Make sure to stop, when you encounter a bus stopped at a bus stop.
- Continue on Fresh Pond reservation’s outer paths in a shared use path
- You’ll veer to the right where there’s a signalized pedestrian crossing
- Follow the shared use path to the right and then make a left up to a mid-block push-button crossing
- Go right along the shared use path to the next rotary
- At the rotary, you’ll be crossing New Street: cross the entrance to the rotary from New Street, then, at the second crossing, make a left toward New Street
- Right to Bay State Road QS
- Follow the curve to the right to Field Street QS
- Follow the curve to the left to Garden Street QS
- There is an incline that starts at Ivy Street (one block before the traffic signal). It increases as you go toward Huron Avenue.
- Continue on Garden Street through the 5-point intersection at Huron Avenue and Sherman Street SBL
- At Concord Avenue, use the bicycle left-turn lane to cross over. Wait for the bicycle signal to make this left turn movement from the SBL
- Use the cut through that connects Concord Avenue and (Little) Concord Avenue QS
- At Waterhouse Street, cross to the park paths in Cambridge Common.
- Use the shared use paths to get to the intersection of Cambridge Street and Mass Ave.
- Cross the “thousand islands” crossing to the shared use sidewalk on the edge of Harvard’s campus
- Continue on the shared use sidewalk through the campus plaza to the corner of Quincy Street and Cambridge Street
- Cross from the sidewalk to the dedicated bicycle path, use the bicycle signal to make a turn from the bicycle path to Cambridge Street SBL
- Continue to Irvine Street where you will enter the sidewalk to cut through to the Library bicycle parking racks.
Bonus: Go further to Inman Square
It’s not that much further to go to Inman Square using the separated bike lane. Inman Square is a neighborhood commercial center with touchstone businesses like the S&S Restaurant, Christina’s Ice Cream, and 1369 Coffeehouse.
To go to Inman Square, you continue on the Cambridge Street SBL. It will take about 3 to 5 minutes more to arrive. As of early December 2022, builders are still doing construction for the Inman Square Reconstruction project. Despite the ongoing construction, however, the bicycle facilities are fairly comfortable for a very complicated set of intersections.