This is better! A sunny, somewhat cool spring day. Me on my bike, my daughter on a trail-a-bike, and my son on his bike. We rode down the Southwest Corridor, stopped at Ula Cafe for lunch, rode over by Jamaica Pond and back to center JP, with a stop at the library.
5.26 miles, 1:12.
It’s been cold, rainy, windy, and I’m not sleeping well. These days of biking are short rides on Hubway to get from here to there, head down, and shivering. This is not the joyous Days of Biking I signed up for.
Oh well, 24 more days to find my bliss.
Easter Monday. The first work day of April. Today is the day I’m going to start riding my bike to work again!
Or not. Because it’s snowing. And I’m tired and lazy.
But every bit of biking counts no matter how small. So I ride a Hubway from the T stop to work, and back, even with snow on the handlebars.
1.30 miles, 14 minutes.
I didn’t think I was going to go for a bike ride on Easter Sunday. As tends to be my habit, I ride less and less in the winter time and then find it hard to get back into the habit in the spring. On Saturday, my son and I biked to Daisy Field for the local youth baseball league registration and skills assessment. It was nice to be on a bike again. But still, it was an exhausting Easter weekend and late Sunday afternoon I would just as soon be ready to go to bed early.
But then my son said he really needed to get out of the house (and away from his little sister) and go for a bike ride before the sun set. So we rode through the tangled morass of construction at Forest Hills and down the Southwest Corridor bike path to Stony Brook and back. It was colder than I’d realized and I should have worn a jacket over my sweatshirt. It also started getting dark swifter than I expected, and we may have rode even more if my son had his way.
April 1st, and I rode a bike. Day 1 of 30.
3.3 miles, 32 minutes.
On Sunday, June 4, I will be riding with my kids Kay and Peter in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon! The Bike-A-Thon is always a fun event and it raise money for a terrific cause. This will be our fifth time participating.
Based in Boston not far from where we live, Bikes Not Bombs serves two great purposes. First they collect and renovate bicycles to ship to developing communities in Central America, the Carribean and Africa. These bicycles help people meet crucial transportation needs with an easily maintained and environmentally friendly vehicle. Secondly, they help youth right here in Boston learn skills such as urban bike riding and bicycle repair that contributes to building their confidence and leadership skills. Please help us in our efforts by making a generous donation!
Here’s how you can help:
The Boston Globe recently published Boston City Council President Michelle Wu’s thoughts on improving bicyclist safety and promoting bike commuting in Boston by way of protected bike lanes. It’s been passed around quite a bit in Boston cycling circles, but if you haven’t read it yet, check it out: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/07/11/the-road-fear-free-biking-boston/UBnj30slkPwBIzggL70uwJ/story.html
On Sunday, my son Peter & I rode the ten mile route in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon, raising $463 in donations for all the great work done by Bikes Not Bombs! Even though the ride is over, you can still sponsor us (I think the donor page is active until December!).
Rain delayed this year’s ride from June 5th to June 19th, so I got to spend a gorgeous Father’s Day with my son biking around Boston and Brookline. Last year’s ride was marred a bit by Peter’s bike being too small, so we got him a new bike last summer and it proved to be up to the task. This year’s ride almost seemed to go by too fast, but it was worth it when we were coasting down the hill by the Arboretum and Peter exclaimed “This is so much fun!” Next year, Peter wants to do the thirty mile ride and I think he will be up to it!
Thanks to everyone who sponsored us and the companies who supported today’s event and all the volunteers who made it a perfect day!
Ready to ride!
Pre ride selfie
Cruising down a tree-lined street
Celebrating with a youth rider’s medal
Previous Bike-A-Thon’s: 2011, 2013, and 2015.
Brookline has announced that it will begin work on a bicycle/pedestrian connection for the Emerald Necklace paths across Boylston Street (route 9) in the Brookline Village/Mission Hill area. This is great news as the Emerald Necklace paths are major route of bicycle commuters and recreational riders. The current situation ridiculously forces bikers to cross a high-volume roadway with no crosswalk, no lights, and only a narrow break through a median strip.
Personally, I ride through this area every time I commute to work so this is a much needed improvement. I think many bike commuters will enjoy more protection from Boston and Brookline neighborhoods to downtown and new riders will be encouraged to give it a try.
I’m not much of a winter biker. The ice patches scare me and I don’t like be forced into auto traffic by mounds of snow.
But we’ve had a mild winter, and today is an absolutely gorgeous spring-like last day of February. So I had no excuse to break out my bike and ride to work for the first time since before Christmas.
As an added bonus, I saw Hubway reinstalling the docking station near my place of work. So in coming days even if I’m too lazy/cold/whatever to ride all the way to work, I can still use Hubway for the “final mile.”
What a perfect Leap Day!
How about you? Did you ride your bike today? Have you been riding all winter? Do you plan to start riding soon? Let me know in the comments!
Boston Bikes wants input on expansion of Hubway bike dock stations in Boston. Fill out the survey to help place new stations in Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury/Franklin Park, and South Boston. Looks like the Hubway bike network will be even better positioned to serve communities all over the city very soon!