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Canal bike ride

The Middlesex Canal Association, along with the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission, will sponsor the 16th annual historic bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. The tour will start at Sullivan Square MBTA Station, 1 Cambridge St.

Completed in 1803 after 10 years of construction, the canal connected the Merrimac River in what is now Lowell with the Charles River at Sullivan Square in Charlestown, serving as a model for later canals, including the Erie Canal. The canal remained in operation for 50 years, providing both passenger and freight service.

The tour will follow the historic Middlesex Canal route from Charlestown to Lowell, approximately 38 miles. There will be a stop for snacks at Kiwanis Park across from the Baldwin Mansion in Woburn, a stop for a visit at the Canal Museum in North Billerica and arrival in Lowell in time for the 5 p.m. train back to Boston.

Riders can choose their own time to leave or join the tour by using the Lowell line that parallels the canal and are responsible for their fares. The route is fairly flat and level, and riders will average 5 miles per hour.

The ride is part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month programming.

Call 978-670-2740 or visit for route description and more information.

Three art installations

The community is invited to see three amazing art installations at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

This program, hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the USS Constitution Museum, features work from three Boston-based artists: a sculpture by Somerville resident Chris Frost, a sound installation by Boston-based composer Maria Finkelmeier, and a mixed-media installation by Yale School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate Marlon Forrester.

These installations are part of the National Park Service’s “Art on the Trails to Freedom,” a collaborative project that invites artists from New England to create public works of art that explore Boston’s historical themes and activate select locations on Boston’s Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail with new theme-based public programming and temporary public art installations.

They will be displayed through Oct. 1. “Assembly” and “Ironsounds” are located at the head of Dry Dock 1 and Gate 1 respectively. “B.O.A.T. (Crane 65) is on display in the Museum’s Education Center.

Visit for more details.