Minuteman Bikeway signs, 2023Signs on Minuteman Bikeway.

The Town of Arlington soon plans to use a grant from the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) to improve accessibility on the Minuteman Bikeway and at the Ed Burns Arena, according to an announcement on the Town website. The $186,000 Municipal Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Grant is intended to help remove architectural and programmatic barriers so that municipalities can achieve increased access and opportunities for residents with disabilities.

“These funds will provide significant accessibility improvements for use on the Minuteman Bikeway,” Arlington Town Manager Jim Feeney said in a news release. “I’d like to thank Town ADA Coordinator Tim Ross for putting this initiative forward.” 

The Minuteman Bikeway -- stretching in town from Alewife Brook to the Reservoir -- is a prized part of Arlington that generally has been difficult for disabled people to access, with limited disabled parking spots and access points along the trail. The funds therefore are to be used to construct a storage facility at the arena to house adaptive tricycles that can be used on the bikeway. The tricycles will be able to be rented out through the Recreation Department in two-hour increments via the department website or by calling that office. 

Also, a large portion of the parking lot at Ed Burns is to be regraded, repaved and relined and to get the addition of  more Handicap Parking spaces and improved curb cuts at the arena entrance. These improvements are hoped to increase accessibility for all visitors to the ice rink, surrounding fields and path to the Minuteman Bikeway.

Arlington residents who already own adaptive tricycles are encouraged to reach out to Ross at tross at town.arlington.ma.us or 781-316-3257 to discuss storing them at the new facility.

This news announcement was published Friday, May 10, 2024, based on information on the town website.