With apologies to Kermit the Frog, it is easy being green — or easier than it used to be, anyway. And a great way to be green in the Boston area is to take a ride, run, or stroll on the Neponset River Greenway Corridor.
I’m embarrassed to admit that until recently, I didn’t even know about the Greenway, never mind that I lived so close. I’m familiar certainly with the Boston HarborWalk (a Greenway connection), which leads to UMass Boston, the JFK Library, and Pope John Paul II Park (tip for parents: the park has a great playground and a huge lawn for the little ones to run around and tire themselves out!).
So, what makes the Neponset River Greenway Corridor “green?” According to Governor Patrick’s office, it’s a “bicycle and pedestrian commuter system that follows the Neponset River from the outer suburbs, through Boston neighborhoods and into downtown.”
‘Commuter system’ is indeed an apt description, considering the DCR estimates that the Greenway hosts “some 10,400 riders, walkers, and runners each day,” and “the completed Corridor is expected to see usage more than double.” That’s a lot of green commuting.
My daily commute runs along the Greenway, though I’m not burning many calories on the MBTA’s Mattapan Trolley. As I ride toward Ashmont Station to catch the Red Line, I’ve been thinking about my commuting options.
A 10-mile jog to the office would be imprudent — likely leaving me incapable of any clear thought during the day — and jogging home is out of the question. However, biking just might be the ticket. The first step would be to give it a try on a weekend day, to test the route, as well as evaluating my endurance. So, if the bike trail is up to snuff, then the rest is up to me.
If all goes well, I’ll provide an update on my commuting escapades in the near future. In the meantime, whether you roll, stroll, or ride, you might find that the Neponset River Greenway is just what the doctor ordered. Check out these sites for more information on the trail: Neponset River Greenway Corridor Sustainable Milton Boston Natural Areas Network TrailLink – Neponset River Bike Trail
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