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Archive for August, 2008

Bikes on the Commuter Rail

Friday, August 29th, 2008

As I get ready to leave town on my bike for the holiday weekend, I thought I’d write a bit about our bike/train infrastructure.

If you’re lucky your trip on the MBTA Commuter Rail will be glorious, thanks to the ample parking offered by the bike car. It is nice to see that they have both the wheel-mounted racks and also a smaller number of frame-mounted racks.

Note, however, that just because you’re riding in the allowable off-peak hours doesn’t mean you’re ensured the bike car. If you don’t get it, be prepared to watch over your bike! These bikes were rolling all over the place.

It was worse than this on my most recent trip, I think we had more than twenty bikes in a car meant to hold zero. Note to MBTA: it’s a good idea to send the bike car on the train that goes closest to sundown. That’s when the cyclists are likely to be ending their adventures and heading home. I hear the 2PM bike car was completely empty, but bikes were spilling into the aisles of my 7:30PM train.

What’s black and white and zips all over?

Friday, August 29th, 2008

A Boston bike girl in bright blue boat shoes.

girl on bike
A Boston bike girl on a bike in slinky summer sandals.

Enjoy the last days of Summer

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

woman park bench bike Boston
While the men are on the Esplanade, it seems the women are reading on benches in smaller gardens. I think Mike’s right that they’re less likely to be part of a “scene” while tucked into these smaller places.

Or perhaps this is all a gross over-simplification. Either way, I hope you enjoy these last stunningly beautiful days of summer.

Short on gears, long on style

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Some Boston/Cambridge singlespeed ladies, each with her own look:
boston lady singlespeed
boston lady singlespeed
boston lady singlespeed

Took a new route this week

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

man esplanade boston bike
I discovered yet another aspect of our fair city; that after work the Esplanade is filled with men who ride their bikes to go relax and read a book. Nearly every bench was occupied this way. On the other hand I didn’t see a single female cyclist. Anyone care to speculate on the social forces at work?

man bike bicycle esplanade Boston book

Autumn announces its arrival

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Bicycle fashion Boston
There’s a chill in the air. We’re not sure whether to wear a sundress like usual or bust out the sweater and scarf. Me, I hold on to summer ’till I’m shivering.

Bag Matches Bike

Monday, August 25th, 2008

bike bicycle bag
Riding to work, riding to class, isn’t it cute when you bike matches your bag?

Vogue Vogue

Monday, August 25th, 2008

bicycle fashion
Saturday night on the Esplanade. I was napping at our picnic when I hear these two girls styling themselves. I sleepily roll over, then grab my camera. This shot is taken too late, what you can’t quite see is that they were doing an impromptu photo shoot with the bike, “look over your shoulder and smile”. You know, a bike is this season’s it accessory

Bike Friday, Boston

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Bike Friday Boston 2008

SAFE, GUIDED CONVOYS WITH POLICE ESCORT Lead by experienced cyclists and escorted by Boston Police, convoys follow a fixed schedule and route and originate at locations throughout metro-Boston. All convoys finish at City Hall Plaza Boston.

Yesterday was Bike Friday, a chance for cyclists new and old to try commuting by bike with a police escort. It was a lot of fun and I was excited to meet Nicole Freedman, and Mayor Tom Menino himself!

Nicole, my friend Dorothy Fennell of MassBike, and I were all very excited together about the changing nature of the Boston bike culture. Go Boston!

Sunny day, red hot cruiser

Monday, August 25th, 2008

cruiser summer sun bike bicycle
This week’s weather has been better than any weather anywhere. It is for this week that we live all year.

It’s been such fun to see all the happy people on their pretty bicycles…