In order to increase the proportion of non-polluting, human-powered vehicles
in the transportation mix, the issues which prevent people from using bicycles
must be addressed. The danger of street traffic is often cited as a primary
reason for the development of off-road routes or bikepaths, but just as
importantly, we need to develop alternative routes which go all the places
cars can go.
One of the skills which bicyclists develop is the ability to select from a multiplicity of routes to get where they need to go. A network of bicycle routes, lanes, and paths is growing which can connect cyclists and their destinations to make bicycling a more desirable transportation option. An advantage of the bicycle is that the road system can be used to bridge uncompleted portions of the network, so there is no need to wait until the system is "complete".
Check out the latest bike path and bike lane snow plowing reports
Here are upcoming rides and events:
10:00 am From Paul's Bridge at the Milton-Readville line, we'll follow the route of the Neponset Trail north along the Neponset River and its estuary, with a stop at Phillips for chocolate, to Castle Island in South Boston and lunch at Sullivan's. Then we'll head back, riding along Malibu Beach and back to the trail at Dorchester Lower Mills and along River St., with a detour to see the Harvest River Bridge, to Mattapan Square, where we'll pick up the Neponset Trail along Truman Parkway almost all of the way back to the starting point. Forecast rain, sleet, and snow has postponed the ride yet again, after steady rain postponed it from Saturday, March 25. Helmets are still required.
10:00 am Celebrate Earth Day a week early (so you can go to a Science March) by exploring the longest creek in the City of Boston. Starting from the city's highest point, Bellevue Hill, Stony Brook goes through Stony Brook Reservation, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain (including its Stonybrook neighborhood), Mission Hill, Roxbury, and the Fenway on its way to the Charles River. But it's almost all underground! Join Jessica Mink, whose house abuts the creek's conduit, on this bike ride to see how close we can come to its route. The group will return following the Muddy River and Bussey Brook. Heavy rain postpones the ride. Helmets are required.
1:00 pm Meet at the Hyde Park sign on Fairmount Ave. across the bridge from the Truman Parkway for a trip up this interesting tributary of the Neponset River. We'll bike upstream to its source, the Charles River in Dedham, and bike back along the route of the proposed Dedham Rail Trail. Heavy rain postpones the ride. Helmets are required.
And here is what we have done recently: