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Newton Bike Tour

Written by Boston Biker on May 09

Looks like fun:


Sunday June 8, 2 PM — Meet in the parking lot at the Duck Feeding Area on Norumbega Road in Weston, across the river from the Marriott Hotel for a Historic Newton Bike Tour Ride with Larry Finison, author ofBoston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900. Discover where the 1890s cyclists went and what they did in the Charles River Lakes District. Explore how they raced, toured, steam-boated, and picnicked… and then took the train home. Learn about some famous Newton cyclists as well on this leisurely 2 hour ride. Free. Helmet required.

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Urban Foraging And Bike Tour TONIGHT

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 14

Last minute, but you could run over after work and it looks awesome.


Friday, June 14th, 5:30 pm

Nick Woebske and Galen Mook lead a bike tour at dusk around the perimeter of the Alewife Reservation. Edible plant expert David Craft, will educate riders on the vast amount of edible plants in the area at periodic stops. David has authored books on foraging, and does walks through out the Boston area.

Galen Mook is a bicycle instructor and ride-leader in the greater Boston area, with several years of experience working with Boston Bikes, the City of Cambridge, MassBike, and his own non-profit CommonWheels. He leads rides in and around the region (sometimes with musical accompaniment when he’s on his “drum bike”) and he truly enjoys showing off the area’s bike-ability to those who may be new to biking in an urban setting. For this event, he will be leading a casual, slow-paced and organized tour of the reservation, including a picnic at the end of the trip.

Bring a small snack and water bottle for picnic.

Sponsored by the Friends of Alewife Reservation. Participants will meet at the at the passenger pickup of the Alewife T-stop in Cambridge. Visit for updated information or call (617) 415-1884.

more details here (pdf)Go Green Edible Plant Bike Tour Flyer

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Spring Bicycle Tour of Historic Middlesex Canal

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 29

from the email
The Middlesex Canal Association Presents:
Spring Bicycle Tour of Historic Middlesex Canal
On Sunday, April 7, 2013, the Middlesex Canal Association will present a spring bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  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 meet at 9:30 AM at North Station (commuter rail) and take our bicycles on the 10 AM train to Lowell. (Riders can also board at West Medford at 10:11 or meet the Train when it arrives in Lowell at 10:43). Route visits Lowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Lunch at Route 3A mini-mall in Billerica. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston.

Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$6.75 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded at if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.
The route is pretty flat and level and we will average 5 miles per hour, so the ride will 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), the two remaining aqueducts  (which carried the Canal over rivers and brooks), and the northern end of the floating towpath that carried horses over the Millpond.
The ride will be led by Bill Kuttner of the Shirley Eustis House (617-241-9383, [email protected]) and Dick Bauer of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission (857-540-6293, [email protected]). Helmets required.  Steady rain cancels. 

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BNAN And DotBike Dorchester Community Garden Bike Tour

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 01

From the email, looks fun.


BNAN and DotBike Dorchester Community Gardens Bike Tour – Sat. August 6th 10 a.m. – noon. meet at the Fields Corner MBTA station Charles St. entrance to visit a mix of recently renovated gardens and some old favorites by bike. Participants must provide their own bicycle and helmets are required. A guardian must accompany children under 14. Program is free but requires registration. To Register contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or [email protected]

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Somerville Illuminations Bike Tour

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 12

Got this in the email, thanks for the tip Ron, looks like a fun ride.


Please join the Somerville Bicycle Committee on Saturday evening, Dec. 18, to celebrate the coming of winter and year round cycling. We will enjoy a casual tour to see some of the city’s homes warmly lit for the holidays.

We will meet at the Somerville High School entrance at 6:50pm, departing promptly at 7:15 pm. We will tour the city in coordination with the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations Holiday Trolley Tour the same
evening ( click here for more details )

This is a winter evening ride, so please dress warmly and use bike lights.

Poster is here —

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