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15th Annual Historic Bicycle Tour Of Middlesex Canal – This Sunday October 1st

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 29

Historic Bicycle Tour of Middlesex Canal

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Middlesex Canal Association, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission will sponsor the 15th annual historic bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  Because the MBTA is not running trains on the Lowell Line this Sunday (because of track work), the ride will only go as far as Wilmington, and then we will bike back to Boston rather than taking the train.  We apologize for the late notice, but we were trying (unsuccessfully) to work out arrangements with the MBTA to get bikes back from Lowell by bus.

The Canal was the “big dig” of the end of the 18th century.  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.  In many ways it served as a model for later canals including the Erie Canal. The Canal remained in operation for 50 years, providing both passenger and freight service, but could not compete successfully with the Boston and Lowell Railroad which began operation in the 1830’s.

The ride will start at the Canal marker on the front of the Sullivan Square MBTA station just to the right of the main entrance at 9:00. From there we will ride about 15 miles to Wilmington.  We will make a lunch stop in Woburn, so we recommend that you bring a lunch.

Most of the route is pretty flat and level and we will average 6-7 miles per hour, so the ride should be an easy one for most cyclists.  Along the way we will stop at a number of remnants and restored sections of the Canal, as well as the Mansion of Loammi Baldwin, the chief engineer of the Canal (who discovered the Baldwin apple while building the Canal), one of the remaining aqueducts  (which carried the Canal over rivers and brooks), and will get to walk along the bed of the canal and see traces of the ropes that connected the hoses to the canal boats.

The ride will be led by Dick Bauer of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission, Bill Kuttner of the the Middlesex Canal Commission, and Robert Winters of the Middlesex Canal Association. Helmets required.  Steady rain cancels. For more information, contact Dick at [email protected] (857-540-6293),  Bill at [email protected](617-241-9383), or Robert at <[email protected]>

For more information about the Middlesex Canal and the Middlesex Canal  Association go to:http://www.middlesexcanal.org

For more information about the Middlesex Canal Commission go to:http://www.middlesexcanal.org/commission/


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Free Hubway Ride Today!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 29

Renew Today

Today is Free Ride Day!
courtesy of High Brew Coffee

It’s National Coffee Day! Jump start your morning with a bike ride and an energizing can of cold brew coffee. Come see us at Hubway’s Aquarium Station or Congress Street Station from 7:30am to 9:30am where we’ll be dishing out free samples of High Brew Coffee to celebrate!
Get a Free 24-Hour Pass

This free day pass will be available only in the Hubway app on 9/29/17.


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8th Annual World Naked Bike Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

Starting location: 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA – 6PM Saturday!

https://www.facebook.com/WNBRBoston

Each year for the past seven years a group of naked people, or mostly naked people, hop gently on their bikes and ride through the city. Last year, more than 200 jolly mostly naked people took to their bikes complete with police escort.

“I think after 7 years the city has finally come around to the ride,” wrote the organizers on Facebook announcing the 2017 ride which is slated to begin in JP on July 22.

The organizers say the ride, though supported by the area nudist community (apparently there’s a Boston nudist community) is not about promoting nudity so much as it is about promoting bike safety.

“The goal of this ride is to focus on bike awareness. Our nudity will demonstrate our vulnerability out on the city streets and the freedom that riding a bike can give you,” said organizers.

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2017 Midnight Bike Ride – Saturday August 12th

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

Boston by bike… at night.
Saturday, August 12, 2017, Midnight ’til dawn
Twenty ninth annual tour of architectural and historic sites.

  • Meet at 11:15 pm in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square
  • Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective.  Helmet recommended
  • Commemorative T shirts available.
  • Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park.
  • Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.
  • Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers
Covers around 30 miles in 7-8 hours, so there are lots of stops. Sometimes the ride goes places you are not normally allowed to ride, though I don’t know what is planned for this year.

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5th Annual Rush Hour Challenge

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 02

From LivableStreets:

 

The 5th Annual Rush Hour Challenge is less than a week away! This friendly competition dares to answer the age-old question: what’s the most reliable form of transportation for getting around Boston?

This year, there will be two parts to the challenge. Participants traveling by car, bike, T, and foot will journey from Dudley Square to Faneuil Hall during the morning rush hour, and then from Faneuil Hall to Davis Square in the evening.

Please help us spread the word and share the event with your network!

Here are three ways you can participate in the Challenge on June 5th


RHC_(1).png1. Kick off your morning by cheering on the contestants at the morning finish line!

Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace (plaza between Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market)
When: Contestants will start arriving anytime after 8:00 am
Cost: Free (complimentary coffee will be available)


Rush-Hour-Challenge_2016.jpg2. Try a new mode for your morning commute — and bring a friend! Create your own personal challenge (and tell us about it using #RHC2017).

Where: Your commute, ending at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
When: 8:00 – 9:00 am
Cost: Free (besides the cost of your transportation)


RedBones_party.PNG3. Cheer on the contestants as they reach the evening finish line and celebrate with a party!

Where: Redbones Bike Party, 55 Chester St, Davis Square, Somerville
When: 5:00 – 9:00 pm (contestants will be arriving between 5:30 and 6:30 pm)
Cost: $15 includes food, drink, a raffle ticket, and valet parking (proceeds go to MassBike and the New England Mountain Bike Association)


Rush Hour Challenge is meant to highlight Metro Boston’s rapidly growing need for better and more diverse transportation options. Each of the participants will face the hectic and often dangerous traffic conditions, confusing intersections, and disconnected networks Bostonians experience every day. We’re excited to be partnering again with the Somerville Bike Committee, Boston Cyclists Union and MassBike for the Challenge.

We have an awesome line up of Challenge participants, and we’ll be announcing who they are via social media over the next few days, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you on June 5th

LivableStreets Alliance
http://www.livablestreets.info/


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The Word On The Street

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    • Harvard Bridge connection to the PDW path: proposed improvement November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
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    • Harvard Bridge connection to the PDW path: proposed improvement November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Harvard Bridge connection to the PDW path: proposed improvement November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Mass and Beacon: looking at the larger picture. November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Harvard Bridge connection to the PDW path: proposed improvement November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Harvard Bridge connection to the PDW path: proposed improvement November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Harvard Bridge connection to the PDW path: proposed improvement November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Harvard Bridge connection to the PDF path: proposed improvement November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Harvard Bridge connection to the PDW path: proposed improvement November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Mass and Beacon: looking at the larger picture. November 18, 2017
      TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. You may click on it to … Continue reading →
      jsallen