Safety and Bike Accessibility Notes

Most of the Founder’s Loop is along relatively busy roads within Scituate so inexperienced bicyclists or those wishing to ride with children will need to be cognizant of traffic conditions. During commuter hours especially, traffic can be heavy in places and faster than in off-peak periods. However there are two distinct portions of the Loop with historic destinations spaced closely together that doing a series of shorter walking loops is a possibility. Starting from the Front Street business district, traffic is slow and comfortable for bicycling in a shared lane.  After turning onto Meeting House Lane and subsequently Common Street, First Parish Road and Elm Street, the roadway is narrow and there are minimal sidewalks. For those travelling clockwise, the intersection of of Elm/Country Way/Cudworth Road is no problem; however, those bicycling counter-clockwise will need to negotiate an awkward “K” shaped intersection. In the future, signage will likely be added to direct people away from that intersection by using adjacent neighborhood streets. Passage through the both the Cudworth/First Parish/Beaver Dam intersection as well as the Branch/Beave Dam/Lawson intersection should be taken with care as both complex intersection feature blind spots and uncertainly of traffic turning movements because of the roadway geometry. This is one spot where trail users may choose to drive to and walk between the historic sites. If so, use caution when crossing these intersections as some legs do not have crosswalks.

The Scituate Historic Trails project formed from a partnership between Scituate Historical Society, People for Active Transportation & Health (PATH), and Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary to create and promote walking paths and bike routes connecting historical sites, beaches, downtown businesses and other fun places to relax, learn, eat and enjoy Scituate, a charming New England seaside town founded in 1636. Scituate is a coastal town located 25 miles south of Boston with nearly 17 square miles of history and centuries old character to be enjoyed on foot, on a bicycle or from a boat! From out of town? Hop on the Greenbush Train from South Station with your bike and enjoy a healthy, historical adventure to Scituate Massachusetts.