Manchester Center is a bustling small town with shops and eateries extending beyond the historic business district and on up to Manchester Village, where the historic Equinox Hotel is perched. It’s about a mile between Manchester (Village) and Manchester Center. This mile section has curbs and sidewalks most of the way but no bike shoulder. It is marked so that you can bike in the traffic lane if you are comfortable with that. On Depot Street (Routes 11/30), there are bike lanes on both sides of the road. In the Center, from Northshire Bookstore to Maplefield’s Mobil, the historic business district has angled street parking. For this short distance, you may want to walk your bike along the sidewalk.
The Dana L. Thompson Rec Park path can be accessed on foot or bike from the historic Manchester Center downtown district as follows:
- From Maplefield’s Mobil on Route 7A/Main Street, ride up Memorial Drive.
- You will be going in front of the Manchester Elementary and Middle School (MEMS).
- After passing the school, look for the path to the right of the basketball court.
- Follow the path, bearing left at the pond, and over the foot bridge.
- Past the community garden, you will see where the 1 mile path crosses the rec park road.
For getting out of town on a bike, use Richville Road or River Road for heading south towards Sunderland and Arlington. The Manchester West Road and Dorset West Roads can be used to head to Dorset, avoiding Route 30 if you wish.
There are several bicycle Fix-It stations around town in case you need some air or adjustments.