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I Bike

I Bike

Whether you’re looking to be more active, to get to the T faster, or to spend time with your friends and family, bicycling can be a great option.

Like most things, riding a bike gets a lot easier with practice. Be safe and enjoy yourself!

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Still have questions? Contact:
Boston Bikes
1 City Hall Square, Room 721
Boston, MA 02201
United States

Tips

Getting started:

Find a bike that suits your needs, comfort level, and budget. Consider trying out a bike from a neighborhood shop, hopping on your friend’s, or sign up for a day with the New Balance Hubway bike share.

Ready to commit? Visit your local bike shop to purchase a new or used bike. Make sure you also purchase a lock, lights, and a helmet. Or, buy an annual membership for Hubway for just $85. Trips under 30 minutes are free. If you are a low-income resident of Boston you may be eligible for a $5 subsidized annual membership.

When you ride:

Car with a door open next to a person on a bike.
Beware of doors. You are allowed full use of the road, so ride at least 3 feet from parked cars, even in traffic.
 

Stop sign, traffic light, and yield to pedestrians sign
Follow the rules of the road. Yield to pedestrians. Ride in the direction of traffic. Stay off sidewalks in business districts. Stop for all red lights and stop signs.
 

Image showing the blind spots on trucks.
Avoid the blind spots. Trucks, buses, and over-sized vehicles have large blind spots, particularly on the right. Avoid overtaking large vehicles. Stay visible to the drivers — if you can’t see the driver in the mirror, the driver can’t see you.
 

Person on a bike wearing a helmet and with their bike lights turned on.
Use helmets and lights. Wear your helmet. Use lights, reflectors, and bright clothing to see and be seen. Lights are required by law! Helmets are required for anyone who is 16 years old or under.

Maps and routes

Finding your most comfortable routes can take a few tries, so don’t give up! Talk with your neighbors, co-workers, or local bike groups to get ideas.

We recommend using tools like Google Maps to get an idea of some route options. If you’re coming into Boston from outlying communities, we’ve developed good routes based on our Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival commuting convoys.

If you’re going to try commuting by bike on a new route, first test out the route on a less busy day (i.e. Saturday morning) so that you are not stressed for time or traffic. You can see how long the trip takes, how the intersections work, and assess any potential problems.

Classes for Adult Women

Can’t remember the last time you were on a bike? Or never learned to ride? Come to a free learn-to-ride clinic for adult women. Experienced staff and volunteers will help each participant gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep on rolling! No bike? Sign up to rent a bike for free when you register.

Basic Skills Clinic

Sign up for this class if you have never ridden a bike before or can ride a little but need to work on basic skills (starting, stopping, turning). It’s taught entirely within a parking lot.

Intro to Street Riding Clinic

Take this class if you have the basic skills, but want to build your confidence riding on the street. We will run through a few quick drills in the parking lot, and then practice what we’ve learned on low-traffic streets and paths.

Events

Here’s a calendar of events that we’ve put together. Events hosted by Boston Bikes are listed in orange. Events hosted by other organizations are listed in blue.

Repairs

You can get your bike fixed up at any of the great bike shops located throughout Boston. You can also learn bike repair or have your bike fixed up by a variety of community organizations:

Bike to Market is held at farmer’s markets across Boston. It is an opportunity for people to get their bikes fixed and learn bike repair in order to fix their own bikes.

Bikes Not Bombs Youth Bike-in is held in Jamaica Plain and open to youth. Bring your bike and trained mechanics will help you make repairs. You can earn credits to use to purchase used parts.

Boston Cyclists Union Open Shop offers year-round bike repair and education in Dudley Square. Mechanics can help you fix your bike–or you can do it yourself with their tools. 

The Bowdoin Bike School is a teaching bike shop in the heart and soul of Boston. They provide mechanic training, community bike rides, low-cost cycling essentials, and more.

Commonwheels Open Shop is a free, DIY, bike-maintenance skillshare in the neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton. They provide the tools and guidance needed to keep your bike working so you can keep riding.

Grrrrease Time, sponsored by Femmechanics, is for femme/transgender/women to learn more about working on bikes and work on their bikes. The open-shops are held in local bike shops.