Andover Bike Loops
Whether you are new to cycling or a dedicated rider, the Andover Bike Loops provide close to home biking opportunities designed by experienced riders. The shortcut is perfect for those new to riding on roads and is gentle and perfect for riding on a regular basis. The longer route also known as the Andover Challenge circumnavigates the Town and provides enough climbing to provide a healthy workout.
The two routes were designed to utilize quiet roads in Andover and maximize safety. Both loops are marked on the roads with crisp white “A”s in the recommended direction of travel. One loop is about 9-miles and it is referred to as the “shortcut” as it partially coincides with the longer 24-mile loop. The “shortcut” uses the same marking with a small “s” at the base of the “A”.
More information about the routes and detailed maps are available at http://www.andovertrails.org/bicycle-routes.html
Andover is part of an extensive network of trail systems, conservation land and rivers providing opportunities to walk, bike, bike, ski or just enjoy nature.
The Andover community has formed Walk/Bike Andover, a pedestrian and bicycle committee which advocates for improvements to pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure. The goals of the Committee are to:
Improve equity of access to destinations in our community
Improve safety for all users of our streets
Build streets for all people - not only those who can afford to buy a car.
Incorporate Green Infrastructure and Regenerative Landscape Design into the Installation and Maintenance of Complete Streets
Improve access to local businesses
The Andover Planning Division will work closely with the Andover Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee to develop projects that are representative of the needs and desires of our community. Both organizations hold a shared belief that the more accessible our streets are the more resilient our community, environment, and economy will be.