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Minuteman Bikeway

It’s one thing to bomb down Mass Ave on your bicycle, that two-wheeled city dance. Swerves and dips, human-consuming potholes, roaring buses, entitled drivers distracted and owning the road. There’s a pleasure to it, sure, an on-your-toes and wits-about-you thrill. But there’s an argument to be made for a tree-lined trail, where traffic consists of cyclists, bladers, people in sneaks on two feet. The MINUTEMAN BIKEWAY, running 11 miles through Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford, rambles through back yards and history — the route roughly follows the path Paul Revere rode marking the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775. It’s a lovely, verdant stretch of New Englandary.

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