Explore Massachusetts by bike and you’ll experience an up-close look at our vibrant cities, our iconic villages, and our rural byways. Hop on, hop off. Ride a rail trail (no hills). Take a guided trip. Join riders of all ages on a rewarding and fun-filled cross-state tour. Explore Boston at your own pace with a Hubway bike. Welcome to bike-friendly Massachusetts.

 

BIKE SAFETY

Stay safe while exploring Massachusetts by bike. Always wear a bike helmet (Massachusetts law requires that children 16 years old or younger wear a helmet). Obey all regulatory signs and signals. Never ride against the traffic. Watch for car doors opening. Respect all other riders, drivers, and pedestrians. More safety tips from Hubway bike-sharing.  Summary of bike-related laws from Boston Bikes.

 

MAJOR RAIL & OFF-ROAD TRAILS

Assabet River Rail Trail
Marlborough-Hudson, 6 miles

Minuteman Bikeway
Cambridge-Bedford, 10 miles

Cape Cod Rail Trail
Dennis-Wellfleet, 22 miles

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway
Bourne Bridge-Sagamore Bridge, 7 miles

Shining Sea Bikeway
North Falmouth-Woods Hole, 10.7 miles

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Adams-Lanesborough, 11.2 miles

Norwottuck Rail Trail
Northampton-Amherst, 11 miles

Manhan Rail Trail
Easthampton-Northampton, 9 miles

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
Chelmsford-Westford, 6.8 miles

Columbia Greenway/Southwick Rail Trail
Southwick-Westfield, 8.6 miles

Other bike trails and pathways :

TrailLink

MassParks

 

BIKING IN METRO BOSTON

You don’t need to bring your own bicycle to explore Boston on two wheels. Just hop on Hubway, metro Boston’s bike share program. 1,300 bikes are available at 140 Hubway stations in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. Hubway has 24-hour and  72-hour memberships — perfect for a long weekend in the city — as well as an annual membership. Download the free Spotcycle app for stations and bike availability.

Two helpful guides to the ins and outs of pedaling around the city:

Guide to urban riding from Boston Bikes

Bikabout’s guide to Boston biking

 

TRAVELING WITH BIKES ON PUBLIC TRANSIT

Too far to ride? Take your bike on the MBTA. The “T” provides bus, trolley, subway, ferry, and commuter rail service in Greater Boston and eastern Massachusetts. You can take a bike on most of the system with some restrictions during rush hour service. 95% of the T’s non-electric buses have bike racks. The commuter rail will take you south to Plymouth, north to the beaches and picturesque harbors of the North Shore, and west to Worcester and charming rural town and villages.

 

BIKE TOURS/RIDES

RideNoho

Scheduled fixed-base tours and instructional camps

Cotuit Bicycling Tours

Custom day trips to Cape Cod villages and Martha’s Vineyard

Great Freedom Adventures

Multi-day themed trips

Easy Rider Tours

6-day tour, Autumn in the Berkshires

Nantucket Bike Tours

Short bike rides around the island

Urban Adventours

2- to 3-hour escorted bike tours of Boston and Cambridge

Bike Rides for Ordinary People

Free, easy-paced weekend rides in Greater Boston

 

ANNUAL BIKE EVENTS

Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour

September. 4 days, 240 miles across the state. In Boston, riders join in Hub on Wheels bike festival.

Cycle Massachusetts

August. 2- to 7-day options. Starts in Northampton.

BikeMass: Summer Century and Family Event

July. 30, 62, and 100-mile options.

Hub on Wheels

September. Boston citywide bike ride. 10-,30-, and 50-mile options.

BIKE-RELATED ORGANIZATIONS

Mass Bike

Bay State Bike Week, Bike Night fashion show, BikeMass Summer Century, education, advocacy

MassParks

Rail trails, bike paths, bike trails

Boston Bikes

Boston Bikes is Boston’s city-wide initiative to encourage citizens and visitors to use bicycles for fun, exercise, and transportation. It manages the Hubway bike share program and develop bike-related events.

Livable Streets

Livable Streets advocates for a metro Boston transportation system that balances transit, walking, and biking with cars.

 

BIKE SHOPS & RENTALS

Bike shops

Bike rentals

  • Sankaty Light, Nantucket

  • Cape Cod Bike Path

  • Gibbet Hill, Groton

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