Friday, May 13, 2011

Bikes, bikes, bikes!

Some of us are tough enough to go by bike all year round. :::ehem, me::: But I understand. Winter was cold. Now, no excuses! Get on yer bike! Not only is it healthy and the best way to get from point A to point B, but it's totally in. (Didn't you hear? Ewan McGregor was at the latest bicyclist tweed ride in London.)

And if this weather wasn't enough to get you riding round with the breeze in your hair - it's Boston Bike Week! For people who know what biking was like just a few years ago in Boston, this is pretty astounding. Bicycling Magazine had rated Boston one of the least friendly cycling cities. Bike lanes were hard to find. Most people locked their bike to lamppost and hoped it wasn't stolen.

Mayor Menino hired former cycling Olympic athlete to head up a new bike department. Now we have hundreds of miles of new bike lanes, hundreds of new bike racks, and a bike share program will launch this July. On my commute everyday, I pass (and get passed by) dozens of other cyclists.

So take advantage of the weather and get out there. Here's some events that'll give you some incentive.

Boston Tweed Ride, May 14, 2011
Cambridge to Boston, 11:00 - 4:00 PM
Join the Boston 3 Speed Club to ride from Lowelll Park in Cambridge to the all new Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill. Learn all about how Boston's waterworks and architecture helped the city back in the good ole' days. Dress up in your best 1850s-1950s clothing to ride in style.

Bike Week Kickoff Party in the Fenway, May 15, 2011
Giant Cycling World, Kilmarnock St, Boston, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Giant Cycling World and Boston Bikes co-host a party in the Fenway. Enjoy food, music, and a special stunt show by world record holder and mountain biking legend Jeff Lenosky. Top it off with a bike tour covering the new bike lanes in Boston. Festival and raffles: 1-2:30; Ride 2:45-4:00.

Mayor Menino's Bike Festival, May 20, 2011
City Hall Plaza, Boston, 7-9 AM
Give your car the day off. Enjoy a guided bike convoy to Boston's City Hall Plaza, where you'll be met with a free breakfast from Boloco, a bike festival and expo with music.

Bike Bash, May 25, 2011
Flat Top Johnny's, Cambridge, 6-8 PM
Open to all participants in the Mass Commuter Challenge (hint: all you need to do is register) There will be food, beer provided by Harpoon and free raffles for tons of prizes from local bike businesses and others.

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