Letter: Concord celebrates reopening of Minuteman Bike Share

April 27, 2023

On Saturday, April 16, the Minuteman Bike Share reopened for the season and the community came together on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail to celebrate.

Organized by Erin Stevens, the Town’s Senior Planner for Transportation and Mobility, the event included members of the Transportation Advisory Committee, materials for families about the town’s upcoming Bike-to-School days in May and guidance to motorists about the state’s new law requiring a 4-foot minimum distance when passing vulnerable road users like cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users.

Concord Recreation hosted a table where kids could decorate their bicycles and the Concord Free Public library provided “take-and-make” bike-themed crafts. was supplied by the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail supplied information about the rail trail . Volunteers with Mothers Out Front, launched a community photo project to capture portraits and interviews with bicycle users of all ages and abilities.

With two stations in Concord and two more to be installed along the rail trail in Acton, there are plenty of options for riders to enjoy a scenic ride this season.

It’s easy. Just download the “Koloni” app on your smartphone and use it to unlock a bike at any of the docking stations. A bike costs $2 per hour. 

Visitors from the Boston area can take the train to West Concord and borrow a bike near the train station. Guests at Concord center hotels and inns can check out a bike behind the Visitors Center. 

But the bike share isn’t just for tourists! Locals can use the Minuteman Bike Share to take a ride for fun, with friends, and to run errands.

As you celebrate Earth Day, consider jumping on a shared community bike to discover how we can all drive a little less and spend more time in nature.

Laura Davis

Garfield Rd

Transportation Advisory Committee, Chair