Thank you to all of the 140+ registered riders, 20+ volunteers and our generous sponsors for supporting our 5th annual Pedal for the Path fundraiser ride.
The Pedal for the Path returns, Sunday September 11, 2022
Join us for our signature fundraising event of the year – a cycling tour of the South Coast with beautiful views, quiet roads and lots of fun. Keep an eye on this page for updates!
Registration is OPEN! Register today as space is limited.
Free t-shirts if you register by August 28.
What is it?
The South Coast Bikeway Alliance (SCBA) will hold its fifth regional bike-ride fundraiser, Pedal for the Path.
Beginning and ending at Cisco Brewers Kitchen & Bar, two distances (52 and 30 miles) offer miles of fabulous cycling, postcard perfect scenic views, more historic places than you can count, and, along the way, memorable ice cream and more! A post ride celebration features a Cisco food and beverage voucher, live music and a spectacular view!!
Sponsored stops include:
(Note: Each route has a different selection of stops.)
Acushnet Creamery at Pier 3 – ice cream
Davoll’s General Store
Del’s Lemonade served by Dorothy Cox Chocolates
Dairy Maid will serve up Dole Whip at Cisco after the ride.
Please check back here and on our Facebook page for the latest event updates. Contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Registration opens August 1. As space is limited, sign up – right away!
Not planning to ride? Donations are welcome on our website or Facebook page! Thank you!
We will need plenty of help on the day of the event, Sunday, September 11. If you don’t feel like riding but want to be outside doing something helpful and fun – then this is your opportunity to have it all.
What is it for?
This ride will help raise funds to further advance the results of the Closing the Gap feasibility study enabling the communities of Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Westport to move closer to completing their portions of a multi-use South Coast Bikeway spanning from Swansea to Wareham. Sections have already been completed in Fall River, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Mattapoisett. We need your help to bring the Path to completion!
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
- There’s plenty of free parking in the north East Beach parking lot from 8 am to 4 pm. Look for the event sign.
When can I check in for the ride?
- Registration check-in starts at 8:00 am. All riders must check-in at planned intervals (indicated on map and cue sheet). Riders must return by 3:00 pm; ride support will be provided up to 3:00 pm.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
- Email us: thesouthcoastbikeway@south-coast-bikeway
What’s the refund policy?
- No refunds, very sorry. And the ride will be RAIN or SHINE.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
- Print or online receipts are accepted.
- You will be required to sign a waiver when you arrive.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?
- Not transferable, sorry.
What is the terrain?
- The route traverses country roads as well as city streets and a few suburban blocks, depending upon the distance you choose. Two drawbridges, that open every half hour, may encourage you to pause and look at the boats! Water refills and bathrooms will be available at rest areas and ice cream stops.
How do I get my ice cream or other benefits?
- Present yourself at the counter or kiosk with your rider bib on.
What kind of cycling support will be available?
- Yesteryear Cyclery will provide assistance at the start, on the road as needed, and will sweep the course.
What if I can’t complete the entire route?
- You will be provided an emergency phone number for assistance.
What about maps/cue sheets?
- 52 mile route:
- 30 mile route:
- Maps and cue sheets will NOT be available through BikeReg.
- Printed maps and cue sheets will also be available at check-in on the day of the ride.
What do I need to bring on the day of the ride?
- Remember to bring your confirmation email (electronic or hard copy) with you to check-in.
- Helmets must be worn.
- Water bottles are a must for this long ride. Water stations will provide refills.
- Bike gloves help prevent injury to hands from long hours on the handlebars.
- Snacks and water are provided at the checkpoints. If you have other preferences (sports drink, juice, etc.) be prepared to purchase items at stores along the way.
Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors!
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Celebrate Bay State Bike Month with a ride along the South Coast Bikeway. Ride from Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven to Fort Taber in New Bedford. On Saturday, May 21 cyclists will follow a mostly protected route from Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, MA to Fort Taber in New Bedford, MA and experience breathtaking views, the top seaport in the USA, and loads of history. This is a casual, unsupported ride with an out and back route. Several opportunities to stop for ice cream or other treats if you desire. Helmets required.
Where: Fort Phoenix 100 Green ST, Fairhaven, MA
When: Saturday, May 21 @ 1 pm. (rain date Sunday, May 21 @ 1 pm)
Route: Fort to Fort
Distance: 20 miles round trip (may be shortened or lengthened as desired)
Let us know you will be joining us. Register today.
We had an amazing day to start Bay State Bike Month in New Bedford!
Riders from across the region met at Cisco Brewers and followed Civitron of the New Bedford Starchasers along the Blue Lane to Fort Taber Park and experienced spectacular views from the CoveWalk along Clark’s Cove and atop the HarborWalk along the Acushnet River.
South Coast Almanac’s got 8 Great Things to help you “bring in the May”! Read the article for the full list of fun ways to welcome May.
SRPEDD is currently working with the Towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Wareham to coordinate South Coast Bikeway routing across town boarders. Historically, the path has been proposed to connect Marion and Wareham via County Road. However, there is now an opportunity to connect these towns sooner than anticipated, and more efficiently, through projects already in development through MassDOT by means of Route 6. For more details view the SRPEDD Connecting Marion and Wareham presentation.
There is a lot happening throughout the state of Massachusetts including the South Coast Bikeway’s Mattapoisett Rail Trail.
The pathway will be on the abandoned railroad bed in the woods parallel to I-195 from the Mattapoisett Town line to Front Street in Marion. We are looking forward to the anticipated start of construction in early 2023.
Funding for next phase of Rail Trail
According to the Fall River Herald …the latest list of new ARPA projects reviewed by Coogan’s ARPA Task Force includes $4 million to complete phase 4 of the Quequechan Rail Trail project.
According to a website by the trail’s landscape architects, phase 4 will connect the existing rail trail to the recently renovated Father Travassos Park. The design for phase 4 is complete and the project has been awaiting funding to move ahead.
Cyclists Support South Coast Bikeway at Pedal for the Path
If you couldn’t join us on Sunday the 13th, ride the route (details below) any time during Bike Month (September). Be sure to send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook. We will share the photos on Facebook. There is still time to Cycle and Celebrate September!
On Sunday, September 13, 2020 from 9 am to 3 pm
South Coast Bikeway Alliance members will be celebrating Bay State Bike Month and the South Coast Bikeway with our third annual Pedal for the Path ride by bicycling from Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport, through Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven and Mattapoisett before returning back to the start. Please join us! Ride the whole route or select a portion. The choice is yours. Just join us to show your support. Alliance representatives will be located along the route in each community to welcome you and share the news of the bikeway in their city or town.
We have a lot to celebrate!
We were recently awarded grants from MassTrails and BayCoast Bank to complete Phase 2 of a Feasibility Study to determine the best way to connect Fall River and New Bedford with pathways through Westport and Dartmouth.
Your input is needed!
Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) has been implementing Phase 1 of the Feasibility Study. SRPEDD staff will be on hand during the ride to share preliminary findings and seek your feedback. You can also participate online. Visit: https://scba-feasibility-study-srpedd.hub.arcgis.com/ and share your thoughts and comments.
The ride details!
This will be a socially distanced casual ride with no registration fee.
- Masks are required when we gather at stops and can’t maintain six feet of separation.
- Helmets are mandatory.
- Bring water and snacks.
We will NOT be able to offer ride support, traffic controls, or pre- and post-gatherings.
Instead, we encourage people to ride on their own, with the opportunity to meet SCBA representatives at key intersections. We have lots of news to share!
Please register, at https://www.facebook.com/events/846773802519550/ so we know how many to look for.
As always, you can donate here: https://www.facebook.com/southcoastbikeway/ or mail a check to South Coast Bikeway Alliance ℅ SRPEDD, 88 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02870.
All donations will be used as matching funds in our efforts toward designing and building the SouthCoast Bikeway. We have been successful getting grants, but funders expect us to provide matching funds. Your support is greatly appreciated.
If you can’t join us on Sunday the 13th, ride the route any time during Bike Month (September). Be sure to send a photo to email@example.com or Facebook. We will share the photos on Facebook.
The route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33707375
PICK YOUR STARTING POINT, DISTANCE, ONE-WAY OR ROUND-TRIP – YOUR CHOICE.
Distances are noted: One-way (Round-Trip)
Westport Horseneck Beach Reservation to Mattapoisett : 26.8 (53.6 RT) miles
- Starting at 9 am.
- Westport and Swansea Representatives, Fall River Mass in Motion will be on site from 8 am.
Additional starting points and distances:
Dartmouth YMCA to Mattapoisett: 16.8 (33.6 RT) miles
- Starting at 10:30 am
- SRPEDD and Dartmouth Representatives will be on site from 9:30 am.
New Bedford Pier 3 to Mattapoisett: 6.8 (13.4 RT) miles
- Starting at 12:00 pm
- New Bedford Representatives will be on site from 11:00 am
Fairhaven Phoenix Rail Trail to Mattapoisett: 4 (8 RT) miles
- Starting at 12:30 pm Phoenix Rail Trail at Main ST.
- Fairhaven Representatives will be on site from 11:30 am. Look for them on the Phoenix Rail Trail at Main ST and South ST.
Mattapoisett – At (current) end of Mattapoisett Rail Trail at Mattapoisett Neck RD.
- Mattapoisett Representatives will be on site from 11:30 am to share the latest news of the progress of the Shining Tide portion of the Mattapoisett Rail Trail. Marion and Wareham Representatives will be on site from 11:30 am on the Mattapoisett Rail Trail at Mattapoisett Neck RD.
Return: Route in reverse – Mattapoisett to Westport or your original starting point.
- Starting at approximately 1:30 pm to return
Start times are approximate. SCBA reps will be on hand one hour prior to the start times.
Have Fun, Be Safe, and Thank You for your support!