Convoy on the Esplanade in front of Arthur Fiedler

Bay State Bike Week heralds the start of the monthly Newton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force-led bike convoys from Newton City Hall to the Bike Friday festival on the Boston City Hall Plaza.

It’s a ton of fun and an especially good way to dip a toe into the waters of bike-commuting. Led by experienced bike commuters (your humble scribe usually rides sweep and takes pictures), joined by cyclists of all stripes and abilities, and proceeding at a crowd-friendly pace, the convoy goes from Newton City Hall, through Newtonville, to Watertown Square, along the Charles, and up Congress Street. The ride starts at City Hall (6:45), with stops at the corner of Walnut and Washington Park (a few minutes later) and the Laundry Brook footbridge near Watertown Square (7:00ish).

Convoys from all over the area converge at the festival at Boston City Hall, where there are refreshments, bike-related organizations, free bike repair, music, and general merriment and good will.

Registration is recommended.

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