Doug Johnson is the community organizer for the Boston Cyclists Union. The group’s mission is pretty much in its name: Making the Boston region a better place for bicycling year-round. Johnson allowed Curbed Boston to pick his brain regarding bicycling in the area, including tips for safer riding and for creating better bike lanes. My typical commute is from my apartment in Medford near Tufts University to my office on Dudley Street in Roxbury.
Boston’s South Station is both New England’s busiest train hub and its busiest bus terminal. There are about 75,000 boardings and alightings daily in the portion of the station that is part of the T, including commuter rail, and the Amtrak portion services some 1.5 million boardings and alightings annually. Moreover, an estimated 1 million passengers arrive and depart from its bus terminal yearly. How to navigate it all? Here’s how.
Two Boston neighborhoods in particular are especially biker-friendly, according to Walk Score, a real estate listings service that measures bikability and walkability: Allston and Fenway-Kenmore. They are the only Boston neighborhoods that earn a Bike Score of at least 90 out of 100. Eight other neighborhoods in the city, though, are also reasonably bikable compared with their fellow enclaves. Let’s cycle through them, shall we?
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Selecting a term
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