On Saturday, June, 2, 2012 members of the Derry Rail Trail Alliance held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the new Derry Rail Trail bike path. The event took place on the trail accessed from behind the old Depot Steakhouse, now Sabatino’s North Restaurant, at 1 West Broadway, in Derry, New Hampshire. Connecting with the bike path in Windham, New Hampshire, the completed portion of the bike path follows the beautiful and historic railroad bed of the old Manchester and Lawrence branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad.
The Derry Rail Trail Alliance, formed in 2007 by area residents, is comprised of a seven-member board of directors who arededicated to the rails-to-trails conservancy movement for the benefit of the Greater Derry Community. Board member-at-large John Daley, M.D., one of the Family Practice providers at Derry Medical Center in Derry, New Hampshire has been an advocate of biking and bike paths for many years.
“As an avid biker, runner, and cross-country skier, I believe the rail trail offers limitless recreational opportunities for all ages,” said Daley. “As a physician, I believe the rail trail will improve the health of the community, by encouraging more people to get out and walk or bike. As a father, I am looking forward to biking with my young children on a hill-free route away from cars.”