2013 Boston Bikeway Exploration Rides

  • Following Boston's Mysterious Stony Brook
    Saturday, November 9, 2013,
    9:30 am at Adams Park in Roslindale Square
    10:00 am at the gated entrance to Bellevue Hill on Bellevue Hill Rd.
    Starting in West Roxbury, this stream goes through the Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury, and Fenway neighborhoods of Boston from the city's highest point, Bellevue Hill, to the Charles River. But it's almost all underground. We'll see how close we can come to its route, and return following the Muddy River and Bussey Brook.
  • Neponset Trail and Mother Brook Bike Ride [photos]
    Sunday, October 20, 2013, 10:00 am at the corner of Fairmount Ave. and Truman Parkway in Hyde Park
    We'll start at the intersection of the Truman Parkway and Fairmount Ave. in Hyde Park, a bit downstream from the end of Mother Brook. After a quick loop to view the confluence of the Neponset River and Mother Brook, we'll follow the Neponset Trail to Readville and take the Neponset Valley Parkway back to Mother Brook. Then we'll head upstream and pass one of the most beautiful old mills around Boston in East Dedham. We'll follow Mother Brook through Dedham, turning around at the dam on the Charles across the VFW Parkway from the Dedham Mall where Mother Brook has begun since 1650. On the way back to the starting point, we'll use one of the lesser known paved paths through Stony Brook Reservation and pass Boston's biggest skate park on our way back to the start. Helmets required. Registration recommended; contact the Boston Natural Areas network.

  • Bike to the Harbor Islands [photos]
    Sunday, July 28, 2013, 10:00 am, Paul Revere Park, Charlestown
    Bike to the tip of Deer Island in the middle of Boston Harbor, visiting lots of other interesting places on a 30-mile bike ride with a late lunch stop on Constitution Beach in East Boston.
    Helmets required. Skinny tires not recommended.

  • Sunday, July 14, 2013: Circle Huntington Ave.
    1:00 at the Open Streets booth at Brigham Circle in Boston
    As part of Circle the City's Open Streets on the Avenue of the Arts, Jessica Mink will lead an 11 mile ride on the bike paths which parallel Huntington Ave., showing some connections which exist, some which need work, and at least one which is slated to disappear in a year. Helmets are required.
    Please sign up for this free ride so that we know how many people to expect.
  • Saturday, May 4, 2013: The Urban Wilds of West Roxbury
    Meet at the the gate on Bellevue Hill in West Roxbury at 10:00 am for a ride through the urban wilds (undeveloped and sometimes preserved land) of West Roxbury with Karen Chaffee and Jessica Mink of the Boston Urban Wilds Council and the Boston Natural Areas Network.

  • Saturday, March 23, 2013: Spring along the Neponset River
    Meet at the parking lot at Pauls's Bridge off Brush Hill Rd. in Milton at 10:00 am for a ride down the Neponset River and along Boston Harbor to Castle Island and back on existing and future trails with Jessica Mink of the Neponset River Greenway Council and the Boston Natural Areas Network.