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“A welcome pleasure for the North Shore (Peabody) area.”

Reviewed May 9, 2013

The Greenway starts just 1/2 mile from my house and I have enjoyed it many times. The scenery is nice and its well maintained. Just beware of the coyotes in the fall. they won't bother you but are around. The trail is much shorter than the Lexington Minuteman trail, but its also not as heavily used and is great for kids, shorter jogs and general walking. If you get thirsty, pop into Hannafords super market mid way for a beverage.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I love the fact that Peabody has opened a bike route that is level, uncroweded and goes through some beautiful terrain. The only problem is the choppiness of the route. At one point you have to cross a major highway and at another take a turn down a steep hill. So if you have children you can choose to do just the first part or the second part and not make the crossover. This being said, it is a beautiful trail and it's so nice to have one locally.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is one of the few places on the north shore that you can ride or walk on a paved pedestrian path. It is a perfect place to ride with youngsters who are just learning to ride because it is so flat and smooth. There are other rail trails which are longer up through Danvers and Topsfield but they aren't paved like this one. Would love to see other communities make this same level of commitment to providing recreational access.

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Reviewed December 28, 2011

I am a fan of the Independence Greenway Bike Route that was put in a couple of years back in Peabody. I, like many, wondered about the expense of the project, and when I decided to buy a bike for some personal conditioning and looked for a place to ride, I decided to give it a try.

Almost all of the route is closed to motor vehicles. The paths are paved and have plenty of room for two-way traffic. Technically, the path begins where Russell Street enters Middleton, goes along a creek and behind some stores, to LT Ross park. At that point, you would need to take your life in your hands and bike to the next trailhead near Peabody High School, where you can put in another mile or so before finishing out at the North Shore Mall near Lahey Clinic.

Many sections of this trail are just beautiful, particularly in spring, summer, and fall, and there's a fair amount of wildlife to view while you are peddling down the path. Since the trail is new and done in asphalt, you won't need your mountain bike -- even the fussiest of riders will enjoy the surfaces.

There are busy times and times where you are the only one on the trail. Either way, some precautions:
- It is good manners to say "Passing on Your Left" when passing another bike, runner or walker
- Be very, very careful when you have a turn ahead and cannot see fully around the bend, as I have encountered unleashed dogs that have tried to get at my front wheel and have several times come close to making the day of the poor orthopedic surgeon who would have gotten me
- Along with "permissive dog owners," you will also but rarely encounter the "permissive parent" that decides the entire width of the trail is theirs and don't pay attention to visibility on the path. There is one in particular who likes to have her little ones spread out across the path while bikes traveling at 15+ miles per hour come to a smoking, screeching halt. Doesn't happen often, but three times in three months is enough for me.

So aside being careful when approaching bends, this is a fun, smooth scenic ride that has been very enjoyable for me and my family, and I hope it is for you and yours, too!

Thank DieselDad
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