Healthy Events

Eight Fun Events for Boston Cyclists

Bikers, September is your month.
Hub on Wheels

Hub on Wheels 2016/Photo provided

Boston’s streets aren’t always the friendliest to cyclists, although new-and-improved bike lanes are helping the issue. The biking community, however, remains vibrant—and quite a few events on the docket for September 2017 are likely to appeal to the legions of cyclists pedaling our city’s streets. If you’re among them, grab your helmet and peruse our list of upcoming events for bike enthusiasts:

Mountain Biking for Beginners: Too intimidated to hit the trails? Join this beginner-friendly ride through Willowdale State Forest. Transportation will be provided from the Orange Line’s Wellington Station, and you can rent a bike or bring your own.

$58, 9/9, 9 a.m. Wellington Station, Revere Beach Parkway, Medford, p.ridj-it.com.

Taco Tour 2017: A taco crawl is healthy when you’re pedaling from stop to stop, right? Right. At this one, you’ll be presented with a list of local taquerias, then tasked with biking from restaurant to restaurant. Afterward, if you have any room left, you can join the after party at Flat Top Johnny’s.

$24, 9/10, 12:30 p.m. Copley Square, 560 Boylston St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Dorchester Bike & Brew: This free event celebrates the burgeoning bike community in Dorchester. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and there will also be a Dorchester Brewing Company beer garden, music, and vendors from the local cycling and wellness scene.

Free, 9/13, 7 p.m. Peabody Square, Dorchester Avenue and Ashmont Street, Dorchester, facebook.com.

Free Open-Air Spin: During the Boston Social Fitness Festival on September 16, the Handle Bar will host free outdoor Spin classes on City Hall Plaza. Sessions will start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m.

Free, 9/16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, eventbrite.com.

TD Hub on Wheels: How often do you get to bike along Storrow, sans cars? Not often—but that’s on the agenda during this citywide cycling celebration, taking place September 17. Choose between a 10- or 40-mile route, both of which begin and end at City Hall Plaza, where a post-ride festival awaits. Proceeds from the event benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.

$50, 9/17, 8 a.m. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, tdhubonwheels.com.

Autumn Escape Bike Trek: Serious cyclists will want to check out this Cape Cod bike-a-thon. Riders will gather in Plymouth on September 22, and over the course of three days travel the 160 miles to Provincetown, all to raise money for the American Lung Association.

$55+, plus $500 fundraising minimum, 9/22-9/24. Starts at Hilton Garden Inn, 4 Home Depot Drive, Plymouth, lung.org.

Rodman Ride for Kids: On September 23, you can ride 25, 50, or 100 miles to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts. All donations go to the nonprofit, and race organizers will match 3 percent of the total funds raised.

Free registration, 9/23, 7 a.m. 10 Lincoln Road, Foxborough, bbbsmb.org.

The Ride for Food: This annual charity bike ride, slated for September 24 this year, benefits 17 local hunger relief organizations. The 10-, 25-, and 50-mile routes all depart from the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham. Can’t join the ride? Rev’d is taking its Spin classes en plein air on the morning of the event, and donating ticket sales to the cause.

The Ride for Food, $75 registration plus fundraising, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Noble and Greenough School, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, threesquaresne.org.

Rev’d Spin classes, $25, 7:35-10:35 a.m. Noble and Greenough School, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, eventbrite.com.


Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Health Editor at Boston Magazine jducharme@bostonmagazine.com


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