With soaring gas prices, lots of people are ditching their cars for cheaper transportation, like bicycles. I am thrilled to see this development. Boston, despite all of its colleges and young people, has never been a great city for bike riders, and I like to bike. We have biking events like Critical Mass and we have some bike commuters, but the city is only beginning to take biking seriously. Mayor Thomas Menino has started to promote bike riding and safety in the city. He’s even appointed a ‘biking czar’ to direct the efforts to make Boston a better biking city.
I know some lifelong bike commuters here who are now in their 40s and 50s. But today, lots of older people who have not been on a bike since childhood are buying bikes and riding them. Enterprising biking organizations have begun to offer lessons to help new riders get up to speed. Some workplaces are offering bike racks and a place to shower. Here is a guide for new bike riders and here are some tips for bicycling in traffic. Here is an extensive online Bicycling Street Smarts tutorial.