Boston Bikes Launches Women’s Initiative

To celebrate the new program, Boston Bikes is hosting a free ‘Mom & Kids Ride’ at Franklin Park on June 14.

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Biking along the Esplanade. Photo by Lisa Decotis

Boston Bikes has launched a new “women’s bike initiative,” which is a series of rides, clinics, and events to “encourage women to experience the joys and benefits of biking, and to build community among women who bike.” Boston Bikes provides support for women of all skill levels, whether you haven’t been on a bike since childhood or you’re a seasoned bike commuter.

Rain or shine, the first-ever Mom & Kid Ride will take place Saturday, June 14, with a 5-mile, low-pace ride, perfect for bikers of all levels and ages. Kids on their own bikes without training wheels are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The ride will take place on paths and low-traffic streets through Franklin Park in Dorchester, and there will be bike decorating for kids upon arrival.

No bike? No problem. Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the City of Boston, says that if you don’t have a bike, when you register for the event, you can request a free Hubway voucher for the day as long as you request it before June 9.

Check-in time is 11 a.m. at the Franklin Park Club House. Parking will be free, and the ride will run from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., ending with a picnic and free ice cream from by J.P. Licks.

The first 100 children to register will receive free admission to the Franklin Park Zoo following the ride with the purchase of an adult ticket.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit bostonbikes.org/women or call 617-918-4458.

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