Discovering the Boston of New & Old Around Every Corner
From the solitary European settler, William Blaxton, to the Boston Brahmin, Beantown has almost always had an air of the early American elite, of religious and academic elevation, and even exclusivity. But, thanks to the bicycle (and the city's current growth of green space!), the real Boston is now very accessible, and beautiful!
Olmsted's 'Emerald Necklace' has been modernized and spruced up in recent years, giving cyclists easy access to green spaces from the pastoral Arnold Arboretum to the city's newest urban park, the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Head south to the working class waterfront community of South Boston, or up to the North End, and Little Italy, before crossing the river into Bunker Hill and historic Charlestown. Further along the Charles, you'll find Cambridge, home to M.I.T. and Harvard. The Longfellow and Harvard Bridges bring accessibility and charm to the trip along the picturesque Charles River Esplanade, and from here, we venture with ease into the fascinating areas around Back Bay, Fenway, and Brookline.
From the John Hancock Tower to the Old State House, from one of the worlds ugliest buildings (Boston City Hall, a true Brutalist gem!) to one of the country's oldest residential neighborhoods, a ride in Boston brings layers of American history to life. The story begins with the Massahuset, Mashpee, and Mahican tribes, and is carried on by abolitionists, philosophers, and educators. There is so much to uncover in America's most historic city, and the bike is the best way to reveal layers left by peoples of the past.