Looking for a way to stretch your legs during the pandemic? This may be the year to discover road biking close-to-home on safe and scenic, low-traffic roads. Experienced cyclists have designed two bike loops in Andover that minimize turns, connect scenic features, and are clearly marked on the road. Join the growing number of people who are discovering that our road network is also a great healthy recreational feature.
Andover Trails is the most comprehensive source of information on places to go for walking, biking and paddling in the community. Its interactive trails and river map is a easy way to discover the opportunities in your neighborhood or close by.
The two marked Andover bike loops lie within the boundaries of the town. The 9-Mile “Shortcut” Loop is ideal for those learning about riding on roads. It is just long enough for a good workout. The 24-Mile “Andover Challenge” includes part of the shorter loop and incorporates more hills as it circumnavigates the town. Both are carefully designed to provide scenic and safety features.
Safe social distancing applies to cycling. It is recommended that riders space themselves 12-20’ apart and avoid side-by-side riding. Take plenty of stops to appreciate the surroundings, but do so giving other riders 6’ of separation. Both of the loops must cross a few busy roads, so use caution and always be aware of your surroundings.