"The Minuteman Bikeway offers far more than just a place to work up a sweat," notes this Associated Press piece on the bike path. "The 11-mile route through Boston's northwestern suburbs also provides quiet refuge, natural beauty, a commuting alternative and a chance to see where blood was first spilled in the American Revolution."
And it's very heavily used -- one of the busiest in the U.S., with an estimated 2 million users each year. It helps that the trail goes through populated areas yet still has a "bucolic feel;" and that people can use it to get to the Alewife T station, where they can pick up the Red Line to head to Cambridge.
"Initially there was a fear of having people riding adjacent to your back lot. But I think those fears have been dispelled," according to Richard Warrington, Bedford's public works director.
Hopefully, the Cochituate Rail Trail will soon join Minuteman as a recreational and transportation path in the western suburbs. It will be great if the path can connect to shopping centers and the commuter rail.