Last week, in honor of World Bicycle Day, LawnStarter ranked the best biking cities in the country. Their extensive research compared 200 major markets. This resulted in good news for Boston, which was named one of the best cities for biking.
With dedicated bike lanes, numerous paths, and parks, Boston has many options for biking. Its purpose can be for exercise, fun, or transportation. LawnStarter’s methodology to compile this list took those elements into account. Furthermore, they studied additional categories such as ride quality, climate, community, and safety.
Boston Ranks 7th
Finishing right behind Denver, CO, Boston ranked as the seventh-best city for biking in the country. The overall score for Beantown was a 52.43, which just edged out Chicago, IL. Safety was Boston’s best performance category, as the third safest biking city among the 200. San Francisco, CA was the best city for biking, and Jackson, MS ranked last.
Biking has allowed for many unique ways to explore the greater city area in Boston. In addition, there are clubs available to join that make the sport a way to further engage with the community. Clubs such as the Charles River Wheelers go on weekly adventures. They explore both new and traditional paths throughout scenic areas of Massachusetts.
Landry’s bicycles, which has eight location in the state offers up-to-date information on New England biking clubs. Their site also allows you to search for relative groups in your area.
If you are looking to partake in a biking challenge or fundraiser, Boston is great for that, too. BostonBikeEvents.org keeps an active calendar that links to specific events happening around the city daily and weekly. Finally, events like Bike to the Beach and the Pan Mass Challenge have become renowned biking events in the Northeast for their participation and fundraising impact.
BLUEBikes is the city’s bike-share program. These bikes can be found scattered around the city in various stations. They offer 4,000 bikes at over 400 stations across the city. This is a member-based platform where you are encouraged to join on a monthly or annual basis. BLUEBikes also puts on themed events. They are promoting a pride-themed ride for June and also detail their favorite ride-routes on their homepage.
BLUEBikes states, “Everything is better on a bike.” With Boston being named a best city for biking, it seems many local residents agree.