When the ARRT was first imagined back in the 1990’s, it was assumed that it would primarily be for the benefit of bicyclists. That’s what was observed when the state’s first rail trail opened on Cape Cod in 1979. But by the time the ARRT opened in 2005, recreation demographics had changed. On the ARRT, we see every possible use. At the Main Street/RT-62 parking lot, I stopped and talked to David, Malyee and Sienna. They are from Stow, which is one town over from Hudson. They are frequent users of the trail, but this was David’s first time on roller blades in years. Like every Stow trail user I meet, he wanted to know the status of the unfinished part of the trail in Stow.
But that’s another story.