Hub On Wheels, Boston’s only citywide bike ride, provides cyclists with some of the most unique perspectives of the city’s neighborhoods. It’s your chance to ride along the Charles River with no cars getting in your way; explore the greenways and the shoreline, and the neighborhoods and the communities in Boston.
The event begins at City Hall Plaza 8:00 am. There will be free snacks and a music festival on the plaza from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cyclists can ride through Boston on a Sunday morning via fully-supported 10, 30, or 50-mile routes that loop back to City Hall. The 10-mile Storrow Drive route is extremely popular, as the road is shut down to automobile traffic for the event. Before the Hub On Wheels event takes place, the Mayor’s Cup tournament takes place, which is an exciting crit-style bicycle race around City Hall Plaza.
Each year the ride brings together participants, hundreds of volunteers, and numerous local businesses in celebration of Boston and bicycling. With routes looping through downtown, the Back Bay, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, and South Boston. The ride presents a truly unique way to see the city.
Please note that cyclists must be 10+ years of age to ride the 10-mile route, and 12+ years to ride the longer routes. Children of any age are allowed as tandem riders with an adult. An end-time limit of 2:00 pm is set, with riders who fall behind being re-directed onto the 30-mile route at rest stops.
Hub On Wheels was founded in 2005 with three goals: create an important civic event, showcase Boston’s neighborhoods and parks, and raise money for important causes. The event draws crowds from the entire New England area as well as Canada, and in previous year’s, attendance has exceeded 15,000 riders and spectators combined.
Produced by the Fund for Boston Neighborhoods Inc., the Hub on Wheels citywide fun ride event has promoted former Mayor Menino’s idea of safe cycling and healthy living, and had benefited the non-profit organization Technology Goes Home.