Bikeway Haiku

Uncle Sam Plaza, Minuteman Bikeway in Arlington Center

The 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Bikeway and the launch of Bikeway Haiku were held on September 29th. 10 miles, 110 haiku poems — written by the community. inspired by the nature and social life of the Bikeway, and stenciled on the path! There was music in three areas as Arlington celebrated Minuteman Bikeway Day, and a roving performance by Arlington’s Jazz Harpist Deborah Henson Conant pulled in a wagon by bike! Full schedule here.


Here’s a sample of Bikeway Haiku:

Welcome these haikus
On our beloved bikeway.
Let’s call them “baikus.”
– Steve Baggish

You, your dog and I
watch swans on green pond guard young
with fierce love, like yours.
– Ellen Vlliet Cohen

Small child in tutu
pedaling furiously
tiny spurt of joy
– Beth Kress

Frowning faces fuss
about the endless rains
worms and slugs rejoice
– Annie Hewitt

A chipmunk darts out
I miss him by a sliver
Rodent redemption
– Dan Leonard

At the Haiku Hangout, our friends from Cambridge Typewriter Co., Inc. will have vintage typewriters for you to bang or peck out your own haiku. Find out more about the project, and get writing tips from some wonderful local poets who have helped make Bikeway Haiku happen: Jessie Brown Charles Coe Cathie Desjardins, Gloria Mindock.  Meet project leaders Cecily Miller and Liz LaManche.

Across the street, one of our sponsors Aeronaut Arlington will be serving up beer in Whittemore Park and rollicking live music. The Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee will be there at a table to talk about all things bikes and bicycling with you.

More live music will be in Spy Pond Park, where Christopher Frost will be putting final touches on a fantastical new work of public art; look for the man in a tree next to the Bikeway at the Linwood Street entrance! A third stage will be located near Trader Joe’s store on the Bikeway in Arlington Heights.

Huge thanks to the folks who made Bikeway Haiku possible, including sponsors Aeronaut Arlington, Artist & Craftsman Supply – Cambridge, MA, and the Alt National Park Service, along with the incredible volunteer Bike Committees of Arlington, Lexington and Bedford who have been so generous with time and expertise. Thanks also to the wonderful Robbins Library and the libraries in Lexington and Bedford who joined with us to offer workshops and promote this opportunity to write poetry, and to the Munroe Center for the Arts for invaluable outreach in Lexington!

AND THANKS TO MORE THAN ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN 460 HAIKU POEMS TO OUR PROJECT! An outpouring of creativity and love for the Bikeway and all its creatures.

Thanks to our supporters

PATHWAYS is supported by grants from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the National Park Service. Additional support generously provided by donations from individual supporters of the arts and the Town of Arlington.