|Bicycling in Boston, Massachusetts|
|Boston is good for biking: hills are gentle, views are fine, major streets & the Charles River have bike paths. Hubway is Boston's short-trip bike-sharing system.|
Perhaps the greatest advantage of biking in Boston and Cambridge is the ease and cheapness of parking: any bike rack, street sign or lamp post will do, and it's free.
Bring a strong lock or heavy chain to prevent theft, especially if you have a fancy bike.
Greater Boston's short-trip public bike-sharing system, called The Hubway, has over 160 bike stations around the city and in the neighboring cities of Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, with more than 1000 bikes available from mid-March to Thanksgiving (late November). A 24-hour pass costs only $6—less than three bus or subway rides. More...
Bike Paths & Maps
Here's the mapc.org map of bike paths in Greater Boston, and here are all the bike trail maps for Massachusetts state parks offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Cambridge is part of Greater Boston's Hubway Bike-Sharing System, so you can ride a Hubway bike between Boston Common to Harvard Square in Cambridge (3 to 4.5 miles/7 to 7 km) in 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your route.
From Bedford, the stabilized, unpaved Reformatory Extension of the bikeway follows a disused railroad right-of-way through forest all the way to Concord. The Bedford-to-Concord extension route is marked as part of the Bay Circuit Trail (map) and passes Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. More...
Bikes on Commuter Rail Trains
Bikes are permitted on Commuter Rail trains during off-peak hours (10 am to 2 pm and after 7:30 pm) on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. You need no special permit or reservation, and you pay no extra fare, to bring your bike aboard. Load it in the car nearest the locomotive. More...
Guided Bicycle Tours of Boston
Urban Adventours rents bikes and conducts guided bicycle tours of Boston from its office at 103/109 Atlantic Avenue near the corner of Richmond Street, right across from Christopher Columbus Park, in the North End (map).
Over a thousand Boston-area cyclists have banded together in the Boston Cyclists' Union to work for better conditions for bikers: biker and driver education, safer bike paths, better parking facilities for bikes, etc. The Union sponsors special events, too. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan