It’s time to get bikes out and ready for the spring – bicycling is a great way to bring together family members of all ages and stay active! According to Harvard University scientists, going for a bike ride is a good aerobic workout, builds and tones muscles, and increases bone density.
There are many programs and supports throughout Boston that encourage safe and fun biking.
- Hubway: Metro Boston’s public bike share program has bikes docked at stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Become a member online or buy a day pass at any station, ride through the city, and return it to any station. Memberships range from $5.00, through their low-income program, to $85.00 for a year-long membership.
- Bikes Not Bombs Youth Programs: This local non-profit supports youth and families in biking Boston through various programs like Earn-a-Bike and Girls in Action. Both offer youth opportunities to learn how to bike, to learn bike mechanics, and then, take a bike home!
- Route Maps: Boston Bikes has a wealth of resources for safe biking around the city of Boston to make biking a fun and accessible option for all people. Across the city, there are protected bike lanes and bike paths that you can enjoy without the distraction of stop lights and cars. To plan and prepare for your next biking adventure, find the best biking routes for you and your family and read up on the city’s bike laws.
- School Bike Lessons: Through a collaboration between Boston Public Schools and the City of Boston, schools host bicycle safety lessons each spring for grades 2-12. Students get a free helmet!
- Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, and other partners are working to increase safety and promote walking and biking to school through Boston Safe Routes to School. Learn about upcoming events here.
Encourage active transportation for your family today by biking – it’s is a great way to be physically active outside, while enjoying the sights of the city!
 The top 5 benefits of cycling. Harvard Health Publications. August 2016. http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-top-5-benefits-of-cycling