Buy a bike
Consider bike share
Bike with children
TrailersAttach a trailer to the back of your bike and you’ll be able to tow one or two children along with you. Trailers are low to the ground, so you’ll need to add a flag or two to help other people know it’s there.
While they do provide a comfortable space for children to sit, they make your bike longer and wider. Practice riding with some inanimate cargo before your first ride with children.
Trailer bikeTrailer bikes attach to your seat post and give a child the experience of riding their own bike. They can pedal or coast along with you. Add flags to help others see the child.
Baby seatsYou can carry children who are one or older in a baby seat. Some seats are designed to go in the front of the bike, others are designed to go in the back. If the child is in front, you’ll have to reach around them. If they’re in the back they won’t see as much. Ultimately the decision is up to you.
Kid’s bikeWhen a child is ready to ride on their own, get them their own bike. You may want to have them ride in front of you so that they’re always in sight. Start on park paths and residential streets then work up to busier roads.
Balance bikes are great for children who are just learning to ride. The bikes don’t have pedals. Children build their skills by sitting on the bike with their feet steadily on the ground, then pushing off and balancing for short distances.
Other Boston by Bike sections
Boston by Bike
An overview of the Boston by Bike guide.
Choose a bike
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We've provided information about some of the most common items that you might want to add to your bike, or get for yourself.
Plan a route
We've provided information to help you figure out the best routes for bike trips. This includes info about taking your bike on the T.
Ride your bike
Here's what to do before each ride, how to ride on Boston's streets, and tips for riding in different weather conditions.
Park your bike
We've provided information on where you should and should not park your bike.
Fix your bike
Learn how to repair your bike or just get a tuned up.
Report a problem, learn the laws
We've summarized information about how to report a bike-related problem and included a summary of the Mass. General Laws about biking.
(Women) learn to ride
We spread the joys of biking and encourage more women and gender-nonconforming people to travel by bike.