Matt and Tina Howell joined the Bike-to-Live program in 2007 and have since commuted over 15,000 miles by bicycle.
For years, Alewife Station has been our gateway to Boston. So accessible from Route 2, we could get on the T (Red Line) into Beantown, and avoid city driving and steep parking fees. On our latest visit to Boston, however, we decided to put our bikes on the back of the car and take a different approach into the city. This time, we drove to Bedford‘s Depot Park, at the end of the Minuteman Commuter Trail, and switched to bicycle mode there.
A very pleasant 11 miles down the Minuteman Trail–which passes through Lexington and Concord–took us to familiar Alewife Station, but this time we got on the T with our bikes (allowed on weekends and off-peak hours). Moving around the city, we noticed a lot more bicycles in Boston than we used to see, including many Hubway rental bikes. On our return to the car the next day (no problems or charges with keeping our bikes overnight in the hotel’s secure luggage storage room), we decided to use Googlemap’s bicycle route recommendations to bike from downtown all the way back out to Bedford, again using the Minuteman trail for the last 11 miles or so.
Navigating the streets of Boston was a lot easier than we had imagined, with bike lanes along most of our route, and lots of other cyclists along the way. Another bonus, traveling by bike instead of underground, was that we saw a lot more of Greater Boston than we had seen on other visits. Rolling into Bedford’s Depot Park, we were glad to see our car (parked overnight for free) right where we had left it. We’ll definitely travel into Boston this way again, but next time, we hope to explore the city a lot more by bike, including the paths that run along the Charles River.