May is National Bike Month, a month to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. In the past, we’ve written about the many benefits of biking. After all, biking is a great form of physical activity—whether you’re biking for transportation or just for fun, you’re increasing your daily physical activity levels and getting healthier.
For some families, especially those with young children, biking in the city can come with challenges. With all the cars and pedestrians, it can be difficult to safely navigate the streets with kids in tow. Luckily, Boston and the surrounding area have plenty of dedicated bicycling trails that are easier to navigate, safer, and quieter, making them the perfect place for a family fun outing!
One of our favorite bike trails is Minuteman Bikeway, also known as the Minuteman American Railway. The popular 10-mile trail runs through Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford. The Bikeway starts near the Alewife “T” stop and is a paved and protected trail, making it perfect for both adults and kids. Along the path, you’ll find plenty of parks, meadows, and even small museums. In addition to recreational pit stops, there are plenty of rest stops, like visitors’ centers, bike shops, cafes, and restrooms, too. Check out a complete map for more information.
While the main use of the trail is bicycling, you’ll often find runners, joggers, inline skaters, and walkers using the trail too. The trail attracts people of all ages and abilities. So if you’re curious about the trail, feel free to take a casual stroll around before hopping on your bike!
Beyond being a great place to exercise and enjoy nature, the Bikeway is also full of history. The Bikeway itself passes through the Lexington Battle Green, the place where the American Revolution began in 1775. The Bikeway also closely approximates the path of Paul Revere’s famous ride to alert the militia about the British’s arrival. The Munroe Tavern and British History Museum marks the spot of a Revolutionary War site that played a major role in the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Make sure to stop at National Heritage Museum for collections about American history and culture. For a complete map of these historical places on the trail, check out this brochure.
If biking north of the city isn’t an option for you, don’t worry! The Southwest Corridor is a great option for those looking to bike around the southern part of Boston. As an urban park, the Southwest Corridor runs through South End, Back Bay, and ends at the Forest Hills “T stop in Jamaica Plain. The Corridor is connected to Boston’s Emerald Necklace, which we wrote about a few weeks back!
So now that the sun’s (sometimes) out and school’s (almost) out, there’s no reason not to hop on your bike and enjoy the weather while getting a great workout. We hope to see you on the trail!
Photo courtesy of JIVR Bike Blog