A freshly minted portion of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, including a cool looking bridge constructed over Station Avenue in Yarmouth, is expected to be ready for cyclists to enjoy this spring and summer.
The new portion extends from the existing trail at Route 134 in South Dennis along the railroad right-of-way to town land at Peter Homer Park in Yarmouth, adding 3.7 miles to the existing 22 miles. A second phase is expected to begin this year in Yarmouth, and eventually, a third phase will give riders the power to pedal from Barnstable to Wellfleet.
“It’s going quite well, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for it,” says Glenn Cannon, director of technical services for the Cape Cod Commission. The commission has worked with the state department of transportation lowercase “department of transportation” and local towns to move plans ahead.
“I think people recognize the benefit of it,” says Cannon. “They see a real need for alternative modes of transportation, as well as the recreational aspect of it.”
Cyclists often share the paths with runners, inline skaters and walkers, though anything motorized is not allowed. The hope is to connect 88 miles of trails from Falmouth, which has a beautiful trail starting in Woods Hole, to Provincetown. It’s no spin to say that a network of trails helps with tourism, especially with the number of cars that cross the bridges with bikes on racks.
“The trails allow families to ride together in a safe environment,” says Cannon.