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SEVEN HILLS WHEELMEN
*** special event ***
SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2008
KING'S TOUR OF THE QUABBIN
Bicycle 62, 100 or 125 miles around Quabbin Reservoir with the Seven
Wheelmen, starting from Naquag School, Route 122A, Rutland, Mass. Cost
$20 for online registration by June 11, or $25 at the start; Seven Hills
Wheelmen members get a $5 discount. Continental breakfast, marked route,
cue sheet and snacks are provided. Helmets are required. Start times are
a.m. for the double metric century (200 km or 125 miles), 8 a.m. for the
century (100 miles) and 9 a.m. for the metric century (100 km or 62
For more information and to register, call (508) 831-0301 or visit
SEVEN HILLS WHEELMEN
"EASY C RIDER"
Seven Hills Wheelmen features the "Easy C Rider," moderately paced
rides of 15 to 35 miles on relatively gentle terrain in the Worcester,
Mass., area, most Saturdays or Sundays. Starting times and locations are
posted each week at www.easycrider.com. Helmets are required. For more
information, call (508) 831-0301 or visit www.sevenhillswheelmen.org.
SEVEN HILLS WHEELMEN
Meet at 6:00 p.m. Mondays at Barney's Bicycle, 165 Chandler St.,
Mass., for a 12-mile bicycle ride with the Seven Hills Wheelmen. Helmets
are required. For more information, call (508) 831-0301 or visit
SEVEN HILLS WHEELMEN
Meet at 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays at the Old Stone Church, Routes 12 and 140,
West Boylston, Mass., for a 20-mile bicycle ride with the Seven Hills
Wheelmen. Helmets are required. For more information, call (508)
Schedule changes (for Wednesday night rides only) will be posted at
SEVEN HILLS WHEELMEN
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2008
Meet at 9:00 a.m. May 4 at Route 140 and Leominster Road, East
Mass., for an intermediate mountain bike ride in Leominster State Forest
with the Seven Hills Wheelmen. Helmets are required. For more
call (508) 831-0301 or visit www.sevenhillswheelmen.org.
Bikeway Update 2005
Experience the Blackstone River Valley, birthplace of the American
Industrial Revolution -- an important region of New England and
America's heritage -- waiting to be discovered one pedal at a time,
spring to fall, on the Blackstone River Bikeway, running alongside the
Blackstone River & Blackstone Canal in Lincoln and Cumberland, RI.
The bike path is ideal for casually walking or bicycling through mill
villages that began in the 1800’s, as manufacturing expanded to other
towns. On the bikeway, see well preserved stretches of the Blackstone
Canal and Towpath. From 1828-1848, before railroads, the canal was the
prime transportation connector from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI
In the village of Ashton, RI, the Bikeway follows the route of the
Blackstone Canal for three miles, mostly on top of the historic towpath.
While at Ashton, visit the Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum. This
museum, at the home of a former canal boat captain, offers free tours
and interprets the role of the canal in moving goods to ports in upper
From the George Washington Highway viaduct to the Blackstone Valley
State Park Visitor Center, off Interstate 295, people can view wide
expanses of the Blackstone River and lush trees alongside in their prime
colors of the season.
More details about the Blackstone River Bikeway are available by calling
the RI Division of Parks & Recreation at 401-222-2632 or on the web at
A Trail of History and Nature
See a diversity of industrial history
and natural settings with a winter bicycle ride or stroll along the
Blackstone River Bike Path straddling the Blackstone River & Canal
in Lincoln, RI. Located in the linear Blackstone River
State Park, the bikeway can be accessed by three entrances: off Front
Street (Route 123), off Lower River Road in Quinnville village, and from
the Visitor Center off Interstate 295 north.
Learn about the expansion of the
Industrial Revolution in 19th century Rhode Island, as you
pass along mill villages that sprung up along the Blackstone River in
Lincoln and Cumberland that offer well preserved factories and homes.
At the Wilbur Kelly House Museum,
there’s a display on the history of the Blackstone Canal, which was
built by Irish immigrants between 1825-1828 and served as the prime
transportation connector for the area for two decades.
Nearby, under the George Washington
Highway viaduct is a cascading dam, one of many along the river that
harnessed water power for the communities. Along the bikeway are
expanses of open spaces, well preserved sections of the canal towpath,
and panoramic village vistas.
For further information of the
Blackstone River Bike Path, call the RI Division of Parks & Recreation
at 401-222-2632 or visit their website at
Blackstone Valley Bike Path (Part
of the Eastern Greenway) See
maps of Mass and RI Bike Paths or go to BlackstoneRiverBikeway
The Valley is blessed to have
committed volunteers, nonprofit and government agencies with a vision,
cooperative spirit and focused energy working on constructing and/or connecting
several bike/walking paths throughout our Valley. These include: eighteen trails
actually built or in progress in the Valley that needed to be joined, including
the Blackstone River Bikeway and the Southern New England
Trunkline Trail (SNETT). To identify these trails and the home
community, click here for a trail description list
The first priority of the National
Heritage Corridor is to complete (by 2012) the entire 48 mile Blackstone River
Bikeway from Union Station in Worcester to the Narragansett Bay in Providence
with the help of state, federal funding and local contributions. The second
priority is to support the development and extension of the Southern NE
Trunkline Trail (SNETT) from the Franklin State Forest to Willimantic, Ct. In
addition, the following trails are prioritized by sub-section.
Although the Mass side of the
Blackstone River Bike Path is running
considerably behind the progress of the Rhode Island side, the funds are being
allocated to make this a reality in Massachusetts within the next several years.
There is presently only a one-mile path for walking and biking in Millbury near the McCracken
Road exit of Rte 146 (near 1-90) although this is not yet officially opened at this time.
However, many people have been using this section. In addition, 25% design has
been reached on a three mile section in Millville-Uxbridge area. (Bikeway
Schedule by town)
Rhode Island offers two loops for biking -
an 18 mile loop, and a 24 mile loop, both
indicated on the map, and which offers a bounty of history, scenic
attractions, historic viewsheds of blended rural landscapes and mill villages through
Pawtucket, Lincoln, Central Falls and Lincoln, R.I. The completion of
R.I.'s 19 mile bikeway is expected for 2004. These bike routes are currently
well used and loved by many bikers, walkers, rollerbladers.
These two routes are also wonderful for
good health while soaking in the historical significance of this region as
America's First Industrial Home. The Slater Mill Site or the mill villages
throughout the hamlets or towns of Ashton,
Albion, Berkeley, Manville and Quinnville, Valley Falls or Central Falls or
Lonsdale offer an unparalleled view into our past.
This project entails great cooperation
to acquire or utilize properties along the way with a chart
indicating the number of properties (public and private) needed to participate
in this joint vision getting close to fruition. The Greenway
Challenge utilizes major portions of the RI bikeway each September for
biking 10 miles and running 7 miles.
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC), in
conjunction with the Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island, also offers a
self-guided map showing the completed sections, the proposed sections and the
other amenities, such as rest areas with restrooms facilities or food locations
which is available by calling 1-800-454-2882 or 401-724-2200. So happy
biking, jogging or adventuring!
One of the most charming sections of
Rhode Island bike path meanders past the Kelly House
and the prize winning rehabilitation of the 890 foot long Ashton
Viaduct in Ashton (also known as the Joseph A. Russo Memorial Bridge). This
is a beautiful site filled with charm and history typifying the owner's home
along the canal and dense mill houses, now utilized as modest housing, abutting
the nearby mills.
Recently, Cumberland has announced an
extensive plan for construction and rehabilitation of properties for affordable
housing. The re-use of mills and mill housing has been a successful
transition throughout the Valley Corridor, but much more is needed to save the
old mills and provide affordable housing.
Bikepath on RI
Tourist Council website
Club RI bike path website
Bike It or Hike It in Ashton are
Rhode Island Biking, Kayaking, etc. Resources -Lots
of Links - Rinks
- Uxbridge soccer fields
- Appalachian Mt Club - Minuteman
Road Club - NE bike
racing schedule/info - BSTRA Needs Your Help!
Bicycling - Sunday morning
rides from Trek Stop in Grafton (508-839-9199)
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