Category Archives: Cambridge and Boston area

Cambridge Kidical Mass Report

The first ever Cambridge Kidical Mass ride was a big success!  We had about 24 bikes and 40 participants, young and old.  The Cambridge Bike Police provided fabulous support for the ride, and really helped things run smoothly.  It felt … Continue reading

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Finding my bike community

I began biking in earnest about 14 years ago, at age 18. I was living on my own for the first time in downtown Denver.  I needed to get to work, and I was tired of the bus. On a … Continue reading

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Bay State Bike Week!

We’re a bit late to the party, but it’s Bike Week! I’ll be joining the bicycle convoy through Alewife tomorrow morning at 7:40 am (If you’re in the greater Boston area, there’s probably a convoy going through your neighborhood!), and … Continue reading

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Embracing our Tiny House

Ever since we found out baby R was a boy, we’ve been thinking about real estate. We own a 650-ish square foot two-bedroom condo in North Cambridge (and about 40 of those sq ft are unheated enclosed porch). Our approximate … Continue reading

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Join us at Honkfest!

It’s October, and that means it’s time for Honkfest, Somerville’s fabulous music festival. We’ll be enjoying the bands on Saturday and riding our fabulous Xtracycle in the parade on Sunday. We’ll be with at least one other family with a … Continue reading

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First Bus Trip and Parent Group Round-up

Baby R. and I went on our first bus trip on Friday. I tied him to my chest in our stretchy wrap (really just 4 1/2 yards of Jersey Knit fabric, tied like this), grabbed the diaper bag, took a … Continue reading

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Winter with a Toddler and No Car

Being a carfree parent in the wintertime makes me want a minivan and easy access to a McDonalds PlayPlace. In the summertime, we can walk to several parks and to the pool, or just enjoy playing at the end of … Continue reading

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Introducing our new xtracycle kid seat!

We’ve written before about our problems with the peapod seat for the xtracycle, that primarily stemmed from incompatibility with the our small bike frame frame (Angela is 5′ 1″….what can you do?). Then, a generous offer from Rob Hanson on … Continue reading

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Some finds on the web

Today I wasted a little time on the internet (OK, you can change “today” to “everyday”) and I found a few interesting websites I hadn’t seen before, so I thought I’d share: There’s a great page on carfree cities from … Continue reading

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Cost of Living in Cambridge vs. the Cost of a Car

One interesting tradeoff that we’ve used to make our lives car-free is to trade housing costs for automobile costs. The only reason that we can afford to live in a condo in Cambridge, MA, is that we don’t have to … Continue reading

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