Explore Greater Boston by Bike Sep 27, 2021
Boston is one of the top cities for cycling in the country, with plenty of routes to explore. As the cooler fall weather kicks into gear, now is the time to tune up your bike and discover the many bike paths and trails in and around the city. Read on for a list of our favorite beginner bike rides, from easy city commutes to a 10-mile trail steeped in American history.
This 4-mile linear park connecting Boston’s Back Bay to Forest Hills offers an easy, scenic ride for daily commuters and casual cyclists alike. The tree-lined bicycle path connects a number of neighborhoods and passes by several community gardens, playgrounds and recreational facilities. For those who want to extend their ride, Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum offers an additional 5-mile loop just past the Southwest Corridor in Forest Hills.
How to get here: Take the MBTA orange line to Back Bay, or follow one of these three cycling routes from Ora.
If you’re looking for a longer ride with great views, cyclists of all skill levels can enjoy the 20 miles of waterfront pathways stretching along the Charles River Basin. Cruise down the Esplanade past the Hatch Shell, then cross the river to Cambridge to soak up spectacular views of the Boston skyline.
How to get here: Take the MBTA red line to Charles / MGH, or follow one of these three cycling routes from Ora.
If you’re looking for a ride that’s closer to home, hop on your bike and cruise over to Joe Moakley Park. This easy ride takes you along the South Boston Waterfront, including Carson Beach and Castle Island. When the weather is nice, you can cool off with a dip in the water or enjoy a soft serve from Sullivan’s Castle Island.
How to get here: Ride along D Street to old Colony Ave.
Whether you’re a history buff or just want to catch a glimpse of fall foliage, this picturesque 10-mile ride from Alewife to Bedford has it all. Built along an inactive railroad corridor, the Minuteman Bikeway passes through several historic towns with points of interest such as the National Heritage Museum and Lexington Center, known for its role in the American Revolution.
How to get here: Take the MBTA red line to Alewife, which is conveniently located at the east end of the Minuteman Bikeway. For the more adventurous, follow one of these three cycling routes from Ora.