Discover new places and interesting routes between them on rides organized by the Cambridge Bicycle Committee. Most tours are themed, with brief talks and an informational brochure of images, text and map. The tours are accessible to all bike riders, moving at an easy pace in a group escorted by the Cambridge Police bicycle patrol. The rides are free of charge and end with free refreshments!


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Previous Rides
Spring 2014 Ride

Spring 2014

Sound + Vision
Saturday May 17th
106 cyclists

Brochure and Map
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Ride logistics by the Cambridge Bicycle Committee, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Cambridge Community Development Department, and the Cambridge Police Department. Bicycle support from Quad Bikes, and Urban AdvenTours. Refreshments from Flatbread, Toscanini’s, and Trader Joe’s. Tour coordinated by John Goodman with support from Jon Adams, Catharine Hornby, Brenda Pike, Mike Proscia, Ingrid Schorr, and Randy Stern.
Fall 2013 Ride

Fall 2013

6th Bow Tie Ride
Sunday September 29th
214 cyclists

Flyer
Ride Map
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Cambridge Bicycle Committee, Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Police Department, and Urban AdvenTours. Refreshments by Fuji at Kendall, Redbones, Toscanini’s, and Trader Joe’s. Tour coordinated by John Goodman, with support from Jon Adams, Catharine Hornby, Amy Linné, Tom Meek, Brenda Pike, Megan Ramey, Ingrid Schorr, Matt Scrumpf, and Randy Stern.
Spring 2013 Ride

Spring 2013

The Sweet Ride
Saturday May 18th
258 cyclists

Ride Map
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Ride logistics by the Cambridge Bicycle Committee, Cambridge Community Development Department, and the Cambridge Police Department. Bicycle support from Quad Bikes, and Urban AdvenTours. Refreshments from Flatbread, NECCO, Taza Chocolate, and Tootsie Roll. Tour coordinated by John Goodman with support from Jon Adams, David Chiriboga, Catharine Hornby, Jen Lawrence, Tom Meek, Mike Proscia, Megan Ramey, Ingrid Schorr, Randy Stern, Taylor Walker, and Andrea Williams.
Spring 2012 Ride

Spring 2012

String Theory Bike Tour
Saturday May 19th
237 cyclists

Brochure and Map
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Cambridge Bicycle Committee, Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Police Department, Metro Pedal Power, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Urban AdvenTours. Refreshments by Trader Joe’s, and The Maharaja Restaurant. Tour coordinated by John Goodman, with support from Ellen Aronson, Amy Linné, Matt Scrumpf, Randy Stern, Tegin Teich, and Andrea Williams.
Fall 2011 Ride

Fall 2011

5th Bow Tie Ride
Sunday October 2nd
158 cyclists

Flyer
Ride Map
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Cambridge Bicycle Committee, Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Police Department, Urban AdvenTours, Eastern Mountain Sports, and OoO Tie. Refreshments by Flatbread in Davis Square. Tour coordinated by Catharine Hornby with support from Ellen Aronson, John Goodman, Tom Meek, George Perkins, Randy Stern, and committee member emeritus, Gerry Swislow.
Spring 2011 Ride

Spring 2011

The Musical Mystery Bicycle Tour
Saturday May 21st
288 cyclists

Promotional Flyer
Brochure and Map
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Cambridge Bicycle Committee, Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Police Department, WMBR, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Urban AdvenTours. Refreshments by Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Zing Pizza, and Kind Snack Bars. Tour coordinated by George Perkins, with support from Ellen Aronson, Randy Stern, Tom Meek, and John Goodman.
Henry Lewis

Henry Lewis Memorial Bike Ride

Saturday December 4th, 2010

Event details
Ride Route
Photos

Henry Arthur Lewis III, who organized and led the Spring and Fall 2010 bike rides for the Cambridge Bicycle Committee, died unexpectedly on November 13. Every Saturday morning possible—rain or shine—he led his famous bike rides along the Minuteman Trail, a 22-mile round trip to Bedford and back, guiding experts and the least-experienced alike with his encouragements and well-known bullhorn. This 8-mile memorial ride, through parts of Cambridge that were important to Henry, concluded with a gathering at the Elks Lodge in Cambridge to honor and remember him.
Broad Canal

Fall 2010

4th Bow Tie Ride
Sunday October 3rd
160 cyclists

Promotional Flyer
Promotional Flyer and Map
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Cambridge Bicycle Committee, Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Police Department. Refreshments by Whole Foods Market, Zing Pizza, and Cambridgeside Galleria. Tour coordinated by Henry A. Lewis III, with support from Ellen Aronson, George Perkins, Manju Gokhale, and Gerry Swislow.
Spring 2010 Ride

Spring 2010

Cambridge Public Art Bike Tour
Saturday May 22nd
157 cyclists
Brochure and Map   Flyer
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Photos and information from the Cambridge Historical Commission, Cambridge Bicycle Committee, Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge Water Department, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Police Department. Tour route by Gerry Swislow, adapted by George Perkins, Ellen Aronson. Material by Tim Ledlie, Michael Halle, Heather Sauceda. Tour coordinated by Henry A. Lewis III. Refreshments by Finale Desserterie & Bakery, and water bottles provided by Cambridgeside Galleria.
Broad Canal

Fall 2009

Pedaling the People's Republic -
A History Of Political Activism In Cambridge
Sunday October 4th
120 cyclists
Brochure   Map
Promotional Flyer [2 up] [4 up]
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Cindy Brennan and Gavin Kleespies of the Cambridge Historical Society (co-sponsor of the ride), Robert Winters and Steve Miller (planning and speaking), Leroy Cragwell of the Cambridge African American Heritage Alliance (guest speaker), Michael Kenney (guest speaker and content contributor), Jenni Alden (flyer and handout design), Megan Snay (ride mechanic)
Spring 2009 Ride

Spring 2009

Literary Cambridge - By Bike
Saturday May 16th
140 cyclists

Brochure   Map   Flyer
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Ethan Gilsdorf, Peter Payack and Tim Sawyer (planning, speaking and reciting); Sara Kenney and Trudi Harkins (assistance with the text and “reading list”); Bike Committee members Steve Miller and Tom Meek (planning and speaking) and Jenni Alden (planning and graphic design); Cambridge Whole Foods Markets (refreshments at both the start and end)
Fall 2008 Ride

Fall 2008

Third Bow Tie Ride (and Minuteman Bikeway Celebration)
Sunday October 5th
140 cyclists

Ride Map
Promotional Flyer [2 up] [4 up]
Ride Web Page
Photos


Acknowledgements: Cambridge Community Development Department (refreshments at the Minuteman event), Jenni Alden (flyer and handout design)
Spring 2008 Ride

Spring 2008

Trails, Sails, Rails & Wheels - Cambridge Transportation History
Saturday May 17th
130 cyclists

Brochure and Map [11x17]
Map   Flyer
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Charles Sullivan of the Cambridge Historical Commission (history information and images), Ranger Jean Rogers of the Cambridge Water Dept (Fresh Pond speaker), Jenni Alden (graphic design), John Burckardt (speaker and brochure text), Steve Miller (speaker), Robert Winters (speaker), Trudi Harkins (brochure editing), Lyall Croft of Boston Bike Tours (ride mechanic)
Fall 2007 Ride

Fall 2007

Cambridge Parks and Playgrounds
Sunday September 30th
140 cyclists

Brochure and Map [8.5x11] [11x17]
Flyer
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Stuart Dash (speaker and brochure text), Brendan Monroe (map) and Stephanie Andenberg (park permits) of the Community Development Department; Katie Macy (brochure text) and Lilian Hsu (speaker) of the Cambridge Arts Council, Macky Buck (speaker), Jenni Alden (brochure design, photography and copies) and Whole Foods Market - River Street (donation of some of the refreshments)
Spring 2007 Ride

Spring 2007

Rolling through Cambridge Geography from 1776 to Today
Saturday June 16th
120 cyclists

Brochure and Map [8.5x11] [11x17]
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Charles Sullivan of the Cambridge Historical Commission (opening talk, historical information and images, cleaning of relief map at City Hall), Sergeant Kathy Murphy and the Cambridge Bike Patrol (ride escort and BBQ), Jenni Alden (graphic design), Jessica Zdeb (brochure writing), Stephanie Anderberg (brochure copies and delivery), hollis.harvard.edu (maps)
Fall 2006 Ride

Fall 2006

The 2nd Annual Bow Tie Ride
Sunday October 8th
100 cyclists

Map   Flyer
Ride Web Page
Photos


Acknowledgements: Whole Foods Market - River Street (donation of delicious wraps), Jenni Alden (brochure and flyer graphic design)
Spring 2006 Ride

Spring 2006

Green Building Tour
Saturday May 20th
100 cyclists

Brochure and Map [8.5x11] [11x17]
Ride Web Page
Photos

Acknowledgements: Mike Crowley (speaker, Harvard Green Campus Initiative), Jack Turner (residential solar panel display), Steve Lanou (speaker, Deputy Director of Environmental Sustainability at MIT), Bob Melvin (speaker, Richdale CoHousing), Jessica Zdeb (brochure writing), Trudi Harkins (brochure editing), Jenni Alden (brochure graphic design), Holly Parker (speaker organization)
Fall 2005 Ride

Fall 2005

The Bow Tie Ride
Sunday October 2nd
75 cyclists

Map [hi res] [low res]
Ride Web Page
Photos


Acknowledgements: Harvest Co-op Market (donation of food and drinks)
Spring 2005 Ride

Spring 2005

Cambridge-Somerville Joint Tour
Saturday May 21st
150 cyclists

Route Map [big] [small]  Route Cue Sheet
History Brochure [8.5x11] [11x17]
Ride Web Page  Photos

Acknowledgements: Charlie Sullivan (history information, Cambridge Historical Commission) Ted Hansen (speaker, Cambridge Historical Society), Jessica Zdeb (brochure writing), Somerville Bicycle Committee, Somerville Historical Preservation Commission, Somerville Police Department
Fall 2004 Ride

Fall 2004

Sunday October 3rd
50 cyclists

History and art brochure
Cue sheet
Map [hi res] [low res]
Photos

Acknowledgements: Charlie Sullivan (history information, Cambridge Historical Commission), Lillian Hsu (art information, Cambridge Arts Council), Steve Miller (speaker, brochure organization)
Spring 2004 Ride

Spring 2004

Saturday May 15th
140 cyclists

History and art brochure [full] [condensed]
Cue Sheet and Map
Photos

Acknowledgements: Brendan Monroe (route map production, Cambridge Community Development Department), Cambridge Historical Commission (history information), Lillian Hsu (art information, Cambridge Arts Council)
Spring 2003 Ride

Spring 2003

Saturday May 17th
40 cyclists

(Map and cue sheet same as Spring 2004)
Photos

Acknowledgements: Brendan Monroe (route map production, Cambridge Community Development Department), Cambridge Historical Commission (history information), Lillian Hsu (art information, Cambridge Arts Council)

Routes of past rides in Google Earth file format