I’ve started yet another blog, this one about bicycle commuting, aptly named Bike Commuter through the Boston Biker blog network. I’ve been thinking about starting a bicycle blog for a long time and have dragged my feet about it but with spring coming in, this is as good of a time to get started.
I don’t ride as much as I once did, but I hope to get back into more regular commuting and I intend to use this blog as a way of keeping me in check. I also feel that my many years of experience as a bicycle commuter could be helpful to others. Boston feels like a scary place to ride a bike, but I’ve found my experience riding in the city Here’s what you may expect to read on the Bike Commuter blog:
- Ride Log – stories about my experiences biking in and around Boston.
- Tips – suggestions for how to make your ride in the city safe and enjoyable.
- Advocacy – political action to support bicyclists and bicycle facilities (I may sometimes venture into overlapping issues related to walking, public transportation, and urban planning).
Things you won’t see on this blog:
- Athletic pursuits – if you’re into bike racing, endurance rides, and/or mountain biking, I salute you, but you’re probably not going to find anything you’re interested in. This blog is more geared to the everyday person who uses a bike to get around.
- Rampant consumerism – much of what is on the internet about bicycling is geared toward convincing you that you need to spend money on the right bike, the right accessories, and the right clothing if you want to be serious about riding a bike. This blog is here to convince you to get a bike that works, put on it what you need, wear what you have on and get on the road.
If you’re interested in bicycling or just like to read things that I write, subscribe to the feed at http://bikecommuter.bostonbiker.org/feed/.
Today, Peter & I participated in the Hub On Wheels community bike ride and cycling celebration in Boston. This was our first time riding although I signed up in a previous year and then slept through my alarm. The only ride of this sort that I’ve participated in before was the Bike New York Five Boro Bike Tour back in 2001. Although there are no awe-inspiring moments like crossing the Verazanno Bridge, I’ll have to say that Hub On Wheels felt much better organized than the New York ride as the volunteers spaced out the bikes to avoid back ups. In the latter part of the rides cars & bikes shared the road without much fear of bicycle safety or delay for the cars. And unlike New York, everyone was well-behaved with no punk teens doing stunt riding.
Highlights from the ride for me:
- riding on the Orange Line with more and more riders and their bicycles boarding at each stop.
- check-in at the pre-register desk was pretty easy, and presumably on the honor system since no one asked for my name.
- we didn’t get started from our point in the line until 8:20 but after that there were no “bike traffic jams” and all the riders could cruise along at their own speed and ability.
- speeding along Storrow Drive without those pesky cars or joggers in the way.
- while crossing the Charlesgate flyover, I noticed that the wall was battered and covered in broken car parts. Do people really crash there that often? Crazy!
- Riding along Riverway bicyclists were pelted with falling acorns. One bounced off Peter’s helmet with a loud crack!
- lots of people said hi to Peter and told me how cute he is
- Gorgeous views of Jamaica Pond from Perkins St. and Parkman Drive.
- I have my own cheering section on the hills chanting “Go! Daddy! Go!”
- Big line at the Arnold Arboretum rest area but then the volunteers walked around handing out the snacks.
- Peter checked out the pond at the Arboretum and suddenly almost all of the bikers were gone!
- Peter chatted with a 1-year old who was riding in a trailer behind his Mom.
- Actually, almost all the people left at the back of the ride were people riding with kids.
- If I didn’t feel slow enough already, at the point where the 30-mile ride and the 50-mile ride merged back together, there were dozens of 50-milers speeding in!
- Forest Hills Cemetery is a gorgeous place to ride. I live right next to the Cemetery, why don’t I know this already?
- At the Forest Hills rest area, Peter enjoyed running around and around and getting out all that pent-up energy. I followed on my sore legs.
- Peter also picked up acorns off the ground and threw them over his head.
- Forest Hills was our “Finish Line” and we dropped out to go to Java Jo’s for a celebratory smoothie (and coffee for a tired Dad.
I’m looking forward to doing this again next year. My goal will be more miles and encouraging more people to ride with us!
Check out my photos from the ride in this slideshow: