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Cycling in Boston & Natick
Posted September 3rd, 2010 - 8:39 am by from Edinburgh, Scotland (Permalink)
Hi Everyone,
Just about to move to Natick from Kirkwall, Orkney (UK) and looking for some advice on cycling.
I'm not a super cyclist but like getting about on my bike - can anyone tell me if Boston/Natick are cyclist friendly and is it cycling weather from September to December?
Any thoughts much appreciated!

Posted September 3rd, 2010 - 12:52 pm by from Shirley, United States (Permalink)
Hey Bec!

First off, I'd just like to say that you are coming to New England in what is what I believe the absolute BEST time to be here! The leaves are starting to change colors already and the fall is absolutely gorgeous! As a side note, make sure you get out and around New England while you are here to see what the fall is like here... Boston is great, but if you like scenary and the outdoors I don't think there's anywhere better than New England in the fall - and it's all within a couple hours from Boston!

As for cycling, Boston and Natick both have a lot of cycling groups and group rides and (atleast Boston). If you're just looking to commute around town on a bike, Boston is pretty cyclist-friendly. If you like longer rides and seeing some scenary, New England has a lot of beautiful places to ride, especially outside of the Boston area, and if you join a group then people are often willing to carpool if you don't have a car. The weather starts to get a little cold in November but depending on how brave you are... we don't tend to get snow till December or January!

Let me know if I can give you any more info! Good luck and enjoy the fall in New England!


Posted September 4th, 2010 - 6:52 am by from Edinburgh, Scotland (Permalink)
Thanks Kayla,
Very helpful information!
Will pack all my cycling gear and get out to see New England!


Posted September 4th, 2010 - 3:02 pm by from Cambridge, United States (Permalink)
Hey Bec -
I'd be interested in joining you on rides. I'm not a super cycler either - but trying to become more super. =) I'm also a student so can go for rides on weekdays.

And fall in New England is perfect for cycling - not too hot and the scenery becomes really beautiful. I don't have a car either - but there are a number of rides where we can take the commuter rail to the some of the outlying areas and then ride our bikes from there. Up north in Queen Anne's Bay is beautiful. There is a gentle 20 mile loop around Walden Pond in Concord, MA (very close to Boston), and more places in every direction. Boston is cycling friendly but do be careful of the drivers - not all Boston drivers are cycling friendly.

For ideas for longer rides, you should check out the site:

There is also a bikeable boardwalk that extends nearly the entire length of the Boston area coastline. I have yet to get on this one but it looks like a good leisure ride. =)

For local or commuting riding, I would pick up a bike routes map (the full city one) from any one of the local bike shops. They'll indicate what roads have bike lanes, where there are parks you can ride through on trails (and not be in traffic) and give suggestions for what roads are good in general for biking (ie: not to crazy with traffic). Your local bike shops are a great resource!

let me know if you want to hook up for some riding!

Posted September 6th, 2010 - 5:48 am by from Edinburgh, Scotland (Permalink)
Thanks Rachel,
I leave for Boston this week so will drop you an email once I get settled. I'd love to head out on some of the paths you mentioned. Will also pick up one of those bike maps.

Posted September 8th, 2010 - 3:17 am by from Somerville, United States (Permalink)
I just moved to the area and would definitely like to meet up with some other CSers and bike around (both road and urban riding). The streets here make no sense to me so doing some city riding with someone who knows all the best routes would be nice.

I'm also a student so I have some flexibility for doing weekday rides too.

I was pretty active with the CS Bike Group in DC and we rode together a lot... would be nice to get a regular group of people together up here too!

Posted September 8th, 2010 - 11:26 am by from Cambridge, United States (Permalink)
That sounds like a great idea, Paul.

Look forward to meeting you both.


Posted September 21st, 2010 - 3:04 am by from Edinburgh, Scotland (Permalink)
My school schedule is crazy - 5 days a week 8.30am - 5pm so won't be able to get out during the week. I'm doing the hub ride next sunday so if anyone else has signed up - drop me a line

Posted September 21st, 2010 - 3:10 am by from Cambridge, United States (Permalink)
Hey Bec - i've signed up to do the hub ride with my school: Lesley University.
Maybe i'll see you there!

Posted September 30th, 2010 - 12:06 am by from Edinburgh, Scotland (Permalink)
Hi Rachel,
Hub ride was fab - There were some lesley students in front of me at the start line - but couldn't tell if it was you or not! hope you had fun

Posted October 4th, 2010 - 7:02 pm by from Boston, United States (Permalink)
Hey everybody, I would also like to join the bike rides, I've been living in Boston for 4 years now, pretty familiar with the streets and whatnot. I love riding in the city, so many good spots and masshole drivers making it more fun :)

Let me know if anybody wants to make this an event.

Posted October 5th, 2010 - 3:17 am by from Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Permalink)
I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bikes not bombs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted October 5th, 2010 - 4:05 am by from Newton, United States (Permalink)

Im in too!

Just got a new bike a few weeks ago!
Lets ride soon!

Posted October 29th, 2010 - 12:09 am from Boston, United States
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