Boston has been dubbed "The Walking City" -- and for good reason. But everything that makes our fair city eminently walkable also makes it a great place to bike. And with the highly successful Hubway bicycle sharing system, now in its fourth season, getting a set of wheels has never been easier. Here are some routes you could explore:
- Paul Dudley White Bicycle Path You could start near the famous Hatch Shell, the Boston University Bridge, or a number of other places and travel along the lovely Charles River as far west as Watertown Square. The entire route, which makes a long loop, is 17 miles and passes through Boston's West End, Back Bay, and Allston-Brighton neighborhoods.
- Franklin Park There are a number of paths throughout the park, including the 2.25-mile Circuit Path Loop. As a bonus, you could visit the Franklin Park Zoo before or after you bike.
- In addition to the self-guided routes listed here, you could join a guided bicycle tour with Urban AdvenTours. Knowledgeable guides lead tours of downtown Boston, the Emerald Necklace, and the Paul Revere Ride to Freedom, among others. Bicycles and helmets are included with the tour package and are also available as rentals.
- Arnold Arboretum Bicycling is permitted on paved paths in the stunning park designed by noted landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. If you head to the park in May, you'll be treated to one of the world's most spectacular collection of lilacs in full and fragrant bloom.
- The South Bay Harbor Trail The 3.5-mile trail extends from the Ruggles MBTA station near Northeastern University in Roxbury to Fan Pier, overlooking Boston Harbor in the Seaport District.
- Minuteman Bikeway Running 10.4 miles from Cambridge to Bedford, the path runs along an old railroad bed. At about the halfway point, riders cycle near Lexington Green, where the American Revolution began with the "shot heard 'round the world."
Remember to use a bike helmet and practice bicycle safety. We'll see you on the trails.
Photo: Urban AdvenTours