Category Archives: Cambridge and Boston area

Handouts summarizing gear options for biking with small children

In preparation for the Kids Bike 101¬†workshop we were part of at Bicycle Belle, I developed some handouts that summarize a lot of information about carrying children by bicycle, including input from the other organizers and panelists, Megan Ramey, Brian … Continue reading

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Guest Cargo Bike Reviews from a Four-Kid Family, Part 2: Xtracycle Edgerunner

This is part 2 of two guest cargo bike reviews from a Cambridge MA family with four kids. Parents are Katie and Josh. You can see their prior review of the Madsen here. Here Katie describes their experience with the … Continue reading

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Alphabetical MBTA Trip, Part I: A through H

Today R and I finally took the “alphabetical” MBTA trip that we’ve been thinking about for some time. This came about when we started talking about different T stations and whether we could travel them in alphabetical order. The rules … Continue reading

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You can buy a bakfiets in Boston! (actually Somerville)

The Boston area has been sorely lacking a true cargo and family bike shop. Ferris Wheels in Jamaica Plain has been stocking Yubas for a long time (which is great!), but that was the only style of cargo bike (at … Continue reading

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Barriers to biking

When I talk to people about getting around more by bike, or any efforts to move towards less car dependence (but here the more relevant aspect is biking), I often say that even if things seem more inconvenient at first, … Continue reading

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A warm bikey glow

Last weekend, a collection of cargo and family bike folks gathered at our place. Aaron Naparstek, streetsblog founder, is here in Cambridge instead of Brooklyn for the year, and he and I put together the event to contribute to the … Continue reading

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On sometimes driving.

With one notable exception*, most of our living is done within a couple miles of our home. R’s daycare is about six blocks away. H’s school is about four blocks away. Groceries are about a mile away in Porter Square … Continue reading

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Unpredictable Driving

Angela and I are both mathematicians. Inevitably, when either of us mentions math, either that we do math, teach math, or studied math, the response we get more often than not is “Oh, I hate math.” You get used to … Continue reading

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Local Roundup: Somerville Illuminations ride, cargo bike sightings, new local family bike list

Last weekend, H & I decked out our bikes in festive lights, put on all the wool socks we could find, and and headed out for the second annual Illuminations Ride put on by the Somerville Arts Council and the … Continue reading

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Unintentional Community

In the sort of circles we travel in, there is often talk of “intentional community” and it is always considered a good thing. Sometimes “intentional community” is discussed¬†in the context of “co-housing,” where folks own individual homes, but pool resources … Continue reading

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