Health & wellness

For women, a great time to learn to bike


Boston Bikes, the city’s initiative to get more people cycling, has started a program aimed at women.

Boston Women Bikes will include various events this summer, including mom and kid rides in Franklin Park and on the Charles River Esplanade on June 19. The hourlong rides will be easy, off-street, and will conclude with a picnic and ice cream party. Children who can ride without training wheels, and are accompanied by an adult, can ride alongside mom (or dad — men are welcome, too).

The program will also include three bike socials — a chance to explore parts of the city with other women. All levels of riders are welcomed, but the rides are geared toward beginners. One will take participants along the Emerald Necklace, another will meet on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The third social will begin at the Ashmont T station and will take participants to the Bowdoin-Geneva farmers market and end in Dudley Square.


If you don’t know how to ride a bike but want to learn, the program will help you. There will be free learn-to-ride clinics, taught by women, to help participants gain skills and confidence on a bike. Bicycles will be provided by request. Clinic dates and locations have not yet been announced but you can sign up to get more information on the Boston Bikes website.

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South Boston has just one triathlon and it will be held Aug. 10 on Carson Beach. (It’s only June, so you still have time to train!) The Boston Triathlon is a sprint-distance event, with a half-mile swim, 9-mile bike ride, and 4-mile run.

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Want to learn more about nutrition?
A Nutrition 101 talk will be held later this month at Whole Foods in Lynnfield. Dr. Peter Martone will discuss the fundamentals of making better nutrition choices. Healthy food samples will be provided.


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