The Cambridge Bicycle Committee Presents

The 3rd Bow Tie Ride*

*And Minuteman Bikeway Celebration

Sunday October 5th, 2008

Orientation at 10:15 AM at Cambridge Common
Ride departs promptly at 10:30 AM

"Your bow tie can assume any form you want, from the conservative pout to the boastful swagger. Despite any unfounded rumors you may have heard, tying a bow is as easy as tying your shoe." -Carrot & Gibbs bow-tying guide

Ride FAQ
How to tie a bow tie (GIS)

Ever notice that the city of Cambridge is shaped like a bow tie? Come see for yourself, at the Cambridge Bow Tie Ride!

After a two-year hiatus, the bow-tie ride is back. Join us for 14½ scenic miles by bike, as we circle our bow-tie shaped city's eastern perimeter, tie the knot in the center of Cambridge, then loop around the western border. We've reconfigured the usual bow-tie shaped route to coordinate with the celebration of the Minuteman Bikeway's induction into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

This year's ride will include a short rest break at the halfway point on Memorial Drive at Longfellow Park, followed by a stop at the Cambridge Minuteman gateway near the Alewife T station for the kickoff of the Minuteman celebration.

This will be a gorgeous Autumn ride, at an easy pace on mostly level terrain. For those looking for a shorter ride, join up at the half-way stop at 11:30 AM at Longfellow Park.

No rain date: Heavy rain cancels. Rain announcements will be posted here on the morning of the ride.

Like all our tours, this ride is free of charge. Wear a bow tie, or come as you are!

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has named the extremely popular Minuteman Bikeway as the fifth inductee to the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Celebrations are scheduled in each of the communities along the 11-mile path throughout the afternoon as follows:

  • 12 Noon — Cambridge Minuteman gateway at Alewife
  • 1:30 PM — Arlington Jefferson Cutter House
  • 2:30 PM — Lexington Visitor Center
  • 3:30 PM — Bedford Depot Park
The Bow Tie Ride will stop for the celebration's kickoff, which will include refreshments. After the stop, you can return to the Cambridge Common with the bow-tie riders or ride the Minuteman to the later events.

Click here for a small two-sided 4-up ride flier you can hand out.
Click here for a single page 2-up flier you can post.

Email info [at] cambridgebikes [dot] org for more information.

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