Needham is fortunate to have an active bicycling community working to enhance opportunities for both cyclists and walkers.
- Needham Bikes aims to make bicycling a safer and more common mode of transport in town. The organization sponsors events, has an online forum, and is working on updating and implementing Needham’s bike plan, which was developed in 2000. They also support the Bay Colony Rail Trail project.
- The Bay Colony Rail Trail project is working on creating a 7-mile long walking/biking path through beautiful conservation land and over the Charles River. In May, 2016 a 1.7 mile section of the path officially opened, extending from the Town Forest to Red Wing Bay. Both Needham Bikes and the Bay Colony Rail Trail project welcome volunteers and supporters.
Do you have a bike to give away?
- BIKES NOT BOMBS accepts all kinds of bicycles, even if they are not in working condition, as long as they are not extensively rusted from being outside for long periods. Also accepts bicycle parts, equipment such as helmets, and bicycle clothing. Their website specifies where and when donations may be dropped off, including bike drives and other drop-off points. 284 Amory St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; (617) 522-0222
- ROLL IT FORWARD is offered by the Boston Transportation Dept’s Boston Bikes program. The program partners with a variety of bicycle stores to accept used bicycles (from good brands only) for reuse in Boston neighborhoods. Near Needham, bicycles may be taken to Dedham Bike, 403 Washington St., Dedham MA (781) 326-1531 and Eastern Mountain Sports, 300 Needham St., Newton (617) 559-1575, and other locations. Before bringing a bike, be sure to check their website for guidelines on what kind of bikes they do and don’t need.