As part of MASS MoCA’s Phase III expansion, the museum launches an “only at MASS MoCA” project: a bike path that tunnels through our newly renovated Building 6, transecting the museum’s campus to form the strategic linchpin of two of the region’s largest bicycle trails, connecting the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail (which runs through Lanesboro, Cheshire, and Adams) to the Mohawk Bicycle / Pedestrian Trail (which will extend from North Adams to Williamstown).
Longer term, the goal is to become part of a 75-mile path from Vermont to Connecticut (and a 38-mile circumnavigation of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest peak), with MASS MoCA acting as one of the key destination attractions on this statewide path — connecting art and nature lovers in a way that conjoins the two fundamental strengths of the Berkshire tourism economy.
To transform this vision into a reality, MASS MoCA will build a tunnel through Building 6, and install a new bridge over the north branch of the Hoosic River that courses alongside the campus perimeter. The outcome will be a spectacular riding experience for recreational and serious riders, opening up MASS MoCA’s inner courtyards and campus from both the downtown business district and the River Street, providing a new bike and pedestrian entrance for neighbors and visitors from every direction.
This project is a grand confluence of art, bikes, river culture, and commerce.