Get off your butt and on a velocipede! Whether you’re a fixie, BMX, beach cruiser, tandem or road racer, enjoy a week full of two-wheeling fun in and out of the city. Use your bike as an excuse to make a difference in the community or to just get out of the city for a couple of hours. This week, we found the best art exhibits, community events, non-profit organizations and cafés for Boston bikers.
EVENT: Bike Friday @ City Hall
Forget children, it’s Take Your Bike to Work Day. If you’re one of those people whose bicycle is their baby and you can’t leave home without it, join Bike Fridays. This summer, Boston Bikes is hosting a monthly party for cyclists.
“Bike Fridays are our way of saying ‘Thanks for riding your bike today,’” explains Boston Bikes.
This Friday (June 15) will be the first of three cycling shindigs. The event will start off with a leisurely convoy beginning in countless neighborhoods from Newton to Somerville to Dorchester to Allston. All routes converge at City Hall for a breakfast party. Boloco will offer breakfast to all cyclists. After the ride, with a coffee in one hand and a breakfast burrito in the other, you can then explore the morning festival. Register to participate in June’s bike bash this Friday here.
Bike Friday on June 15, 2012
ART: Let’s Talk About Bikes Art Exhibit @ BSA Space
Just in time for the first Bike Friday of the summer, the BSA Space has put together an exhibit about the development and expansion of bikes in Boston. Let’s Talk About Bikes opens on June 12 and will be on display all summer until August 31. From the evolution of bike design and innovation to the implementation of bike-sharing programs (like Hubway), the exhibit celebrates the city’s effort in promoting bike usage. Explore first-person outlooks on the importance of city biking and its influence on a safer and healthier city. On Tuesday June 12 at 6 p.m., the BSA Space will host the opening reception (free food and live music, yay!) for Let’s Talk About Bikes, sponsored by Cambridge Seven Associates, TRADE, Atlantic Wharf, and Harpoon Brewery.
Let’s Talk About Bikes Opening Reception at BSA Space on Tuesday June 12, 2012 at 6 p.m.
SUPPORT: Bikes Not Bombs
And if you haven’t already jumped on the bike-bandwagon, lessen your shame by stopping by Bikes Not Bombs in Jamaica Plain. Bikes Not Bombs is not only a retail bike shop but also a non-profit organization that promotes self-empowerment and creates community sustainability. Bikes Not Bombs collects about 6,000 used bicycles a year, reconditions them and then sends them overseas to economic development projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Bikes Not Bombs’ mission statement is to use the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.
The retail bike shop specializes in full-service repairs, sells used bikes and offers basic repair classes, while the non-profit organization engages community leadership with youth and adult programs. Support the work that Bikes Not Bombs is doing, whether you just need a tire change, or if you want to help teach a youth program.
Bikes Not Bombs at 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain
EAT: Ride Studio Café
Ride. Rest. Repeat. For those die-hard Boston bikers, ride over to Lexington to rest at Ride Studio Café. Nestled between two coffee shops, Ride Studio Café stands out because of its unique menu of cappuccinos and bike parts, whatever your fancy. The all-in-one café and bike shop is located just 10 miles from the city—casual ride right? With bicycles on one side and an espresso bar on the other, Ride Studio Café is the best of both worlds in a combination that creates a comfortable meeting place for the Boston cycling community.
And if your thunder thighs aren’t big enough, ride, rest and repeat next week.
Ride Studio Café at 1720 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington