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Boston Neighborhood Guide for Your Bike-Faring Ways

May 11, 2013 | Best Cities, Best Cities and Neighborhoods

Are you looking for a Boston apartment that is friendly to your cycling lifestyle? As commuting via bike gains popularity across the country, Beantown is one major city offering safe and fun routes for bikers. There’s no need to deal with gas prices, maintaining a car or sitting in heavy traffic when you can zoom down the streets with the breeze in your hair! Our Boston Neighborhood Guide gives you the most bike-friendly hoods.

Cambridge

What’s a great Boston neighborhood for bikers if there’s no bike shop for unexpected repairs? Cambridge is home to two shops, AtaCycle and Broadway Bicycle School, where you can buy a new ride or take your bike in for a tune-up. The roads here are in great condition, and there are plenty of bike lanes to keep you feeling safe and sound on your cruise to work–you may even run into a bike traffic jam! Cambridge is a leader in conservation, so it’s no surprise that this eclectic and scenic neighborhood just across the river is one of the top neighborhoods for bikers.

Somerville

Take a trip down Beacon Street, and you’ll quickly realize why Somerville is one of the top Boston neighborhoods for bikers. It is considered to be one of the most biked streets in the state, and locals are working to build a protected bike lane down the street, similar to those built throughout Chicago. Although there are several rough spots–oh, the potholes–and steep hills that will give your hammies a good burn, Somerville is without a doubt a bike-friendly hood. Need a tune up? Head to Ace Wheelworks, a neighborhood shop on Elm Street.

Back Bay

Urban biking is a great way to shed some pounds, slash your travel budget, and often, get to where you need to go faster than driving or public transit–but it can get hectic sometimes. Back Bay sits just along the riverfront, a perfect place for a summertime bike ride! Plus, this neighborhood just outside of the downtown center of Boston, so commuting downtown for work will be a breeze. Bikers should be careful, as not all streets here have bike lanes and the terrain can get a bit hilly.

South End

This vibrant community may be known for fine dining, galleries and rich history, but the South End is a great place for cyclists, too! There’s access to the Melena Cass Bike Path to connect with other trails across the city, as well as on-road bike lanes that will bring you right into the heart of town.

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