Plan a route
We've provided information to help you figure out ways to bike to where you want to go, including information about how to take your bike on the T.
Choose your route
Boston has an interesting network of streets. Sometimes there are many ways to get from point A to point B, other times there’s only one. Here are a few tips to help you plan your routes.
Look for alternatives to busy streets
The most enjoyable biking route may differ from the most efficient driving route. Look for routes on streets that have dedicated bike facilities and/or low volumes of traffic.
Websites like Google Maps and Ride the City are useful for exploring route options. These tools also allow you to save your routes so that you can reference them later.
Find directions on the go
Mobile apps like Google Maps can help you navigate during your trip. Be sure to pull over whenever you need to check for directions.
Practice, don’t hurry
Do a trial run or two for any time-sensitive trips that you’ll take on a regular basis (e.g., to work or school). You'll know how long the trip takes and work out any issues.
As you repeat the trip, you’ll get more comfortable and it may take you less time.
Take your bike on the t
The MBTA has taken many steps to make it easier for you to use transit in conjunction with your bicycle. The information below has been summarized from the MBTA's website.
Note: This information does not apply to folding bikes. When folded, folding bikes may be carried on any MBTA vehicle at any time.
Park your bike at an MBTA station
Most MBTA stations offer free bike parking. Some stations also provide “Pedal & Park” facilities, which provide secure and covered bike parking. To access a Pedal & Park facility, register your CharlieCard. It's free!
Bring your bike on the subway
You can bring your bike inside most MBTA subway stations and trains. Bikes are not allowed in the Park Street, Downtown Crossing, and Government Center stations.
|Train||Bikes allowed on weekdays?||Bikes allowed on Weekends?|
Inbound: Yes, except 7-9 am
Outbound: Yes, except 4-6 pm
|Orange Line||Yes, except 7-10 am and 4-7 pm||Yes|
|Red Line||Yes, except 7-10 am and 4-7 pm||Yes|
Bring your bike on the bus
Most buses have racks that can hold two bikes. To use a bus bike rack, alert the driver that you would like to load your bike, lower the rack, load your bike, and secure it with the support arm. When your trip is over, let the driver know that you need to remove your bike.
Bring your bike on the commuter rail
Bikes are allowed on commuter rail trains except those running during peak periods and in peak directions. Look for bike symbols on paper or PDF schedules.
Bring your bike on the ferry
Bikes may be taken on any ferry.
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We've provided information about some of the most common items that you might want to add to your bike, or get for yourself.
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Ride your bike
Here's what to do before each ride, how to ride on Boston's streets, and tips for riding in different weather conditions.
Park your bike
We've provided information on where you should and should not park your bike.
Fix your bike
Learn how to repair your bike or just get a tuned up.
Report a problem, learn the laws
We've summarized information about how to report a bike-related problem and included a summary of the Mass. General Laws about biking.
(Women) learn to ride
We spread the joys of biking and encourage more women and gender-nonconforming people to travel by bike.