Transportation

Boston City Summer Bike Program

From the email:

CELEBRATE BIKE TO WORK DAY WITH MAYOR WALSH AND BLUE BIKES!

Register now for Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival on Friday May 18, the City’s annual celebration of bicycling hosted by the Boston Transportation Department!

This year, Mayor Walsh will be joined by Andrew Dreyfus, the President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, to celebrate the rebranding of our public bike share system as Blue Bikes. The new brand recognizes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as the new title sponsor of the publicly-owned system, which we’re expanding this year.

You can join one of a dozen bike convoys at stops all across the Boston area or ride over on your own. When you arrive at City Hall Plaza, you’ll be greeted by bike-friendly exhibitors and free breakfast provided by Clif Bar, High Brew Coffee, Iggy’s Bread of the World, and Whole Foods – Charles River Plaza. You must pre-register for the event in order to be eligible to receive a limited edition 2018 Bike to Work Day shirt. Shirts will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Blue Bikes members can receive Blue Bikes sunglasses. Registration, a map of the convoys, and other event details can be found at boston.gov/bike-to-work-day.

People who identify as female or gender non-conforming practice bike skills in a parking lot.

LEARN TO RIDE AT A WOMEN’S LEARN-TO-RIDE CLINIC

Are you a Boston resident who identifies as female or gender-nonconforming? Do you want to learn to ride a bike or sharpen existing bike skills? If so, you’re invited to participate in the Boston Transportation Department’s free clinics. The “Basic Skills” clinics are for you if you’ve never ridden a bike before, haven’t been on a bike for years, or can ride a little but need to build basic skills like starting, stopping, turning, and hand signaling. “Intro to Street Skills” clinics are for you if you have the basics down, but want to build your confidence riding on the street. Pre-registration is required for all clinics. Bikes and helmets are provided upon request. Find more information at boston.gov/women-bike.

Schedule of planned events:

  • Basic Skills | Tuesday, June 19, 6 pm – 8 pm, Mattapan
  • Basic Skills | Wednesday, July 11, 6 pm – 8 pm, Roxbury
  • Basic Skills | Wednesday, July 25, 6 pm – 8 pm, Charlestown
  • Basic Skills | Wednesday, August 8, 6 pm – 8 pm, Allston
  • Basic Skills | Saturday, September 8, 10 am – 12 pm, Dorchester
  • Intro to Street Skills | Saturday, September 8, 12 pm – 2 pm, Dorchester
  • Basic Skills | Saturday, September 29, 10 am – 12 pm, Roxbury
  • Intro to Street Skills | Saturday, September 29, 12 pm – 2 pm, Roxbury
  • Basic Skills | Saturday, October 13, 10 am – 12 pm, East Boston
  • Intro to Street Skills | Saturday, October 13, 12 pm – 2 pm, East Boston
Two people presenting as females ride bike share bikes on a street in Boston. They are smiling and appear to be having fun.

LEARN ABOUT BIKE SHARE AT A BOSTON BY BIKE(SHARE) RIDE

Are you a resident of Boston who is interested in the region’s public bike share system but haven’t yet tried it out? Join one of four Boston by Bike(share) events hosted by the Boston Transportation Department this year. These events are a great way to try bike share for free and learn more about the different membership options available. An experienced ride leader will take you on a group bike ride through the neighborhood, traveling along comfortable on- and off-street routes. Helmets will be provided and participants should be a minimum of 16 years old. Information about our Boston by Bike(share) events can be found at boston.gov/bikes.

  • East Boston by Bike(share) | Wednesday, June 27, 6 pm – 8 pm
  • South Boston by Bike(share) | Wednesday, July 18, 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Dorchester by Bike(share) | Wednesday, August 22, 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Roxbury and South End by Bike(share) | Wednesday, September 19, 6 pm – 8 pm
Two people presenting as female ride bikes along the Staniford St cycletrack.

RIDE CONNECT HISTORIC BOSTON WITH US

Connect Historic Boston (CHB) is an initiative between the City of Boston and the National Park Service to link historic sites through downtown Boston. While construction on the full project continues, the Boston Transportation Department will be able to take people on a ride of the substantially-complete bike trail.

Meet us on June 22 at 5:30 pm at South Station. We’ll ride along the CHB Trail, and make a few stops along the way to discuss the project. The ride will take approximately one hour and will end near a Red Line T stop.

Don’t have a bike? A limited number of Blue Bikes (formerly known as Hubway) will be available. Please be sure to register if you want to ride a Blue Bike. Registration is optional for riders who have their own bikes, but does help us in planning. All riders will need to sign a waiver. Helmets will be required.

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2018 Sea Otter Classic and BLC

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