A quick note from Boston

Ever tried riding a bike to an airport? It can be nigh well impossible. Ronald Regan’s airport in Washington has a cycle trail running right to it, then past it, but with no way into the airport itself, lest one dare ride on the expressway with all those highly distracted drivers scratching their heads about where to stop. Eventually I rode in to a back of house area, where a cheeky lady working for a hire car company gave me a private escort in one of their cars, me in her slip stream, the whole event very furtive, and wonderful fun, as much for her as myself.

To get back to Boston airport riding my bike, I realise I would have to approach via Canada. My only other option, is taking a taxi, because the trains don’t start running early enough to get me there in time for my forthcoming 6am flight. This doesn’t surprise me at all though. Boston is the least cycling friendly city I’ve found North of Sydney. The drivers are ignorant shits: ironic, given a PhD is virtually a prerequisite to owning anything at all, in this arch college town. Did you know cycling is banned in half of the parks around here? The politics is a politics of fear, nerdy intellectuals in their ivory towers, paranoid should they run into someone they know from the schoolyard, who now cleans the streets, or works at McDonalds, or rides a bike. I would love to see everyone employed in feeding this city, striking for smiles, and displays of humanity, things seriously lacking out on the street here. Or perhaps it’s simply the weather. It’s what, almost Summer? And still it feels like winter in Boston. 1 Star. 

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    For my flight to Burma I rode the 20km to Bangkok airport only to be forced to get a taxi for the last 700 meters.

    • Steven says:

      so it’s confirmed! Airports really are the last stronghold. I wonder if any charge taxis a surcharge to enter? I mean, is it conscious highway robbery, or just a complete oversight?

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s a big contrast to Oxford and Cambridge (UK), famous for their bicycling academics. Boston has particularly bad drivers, I recall. Not very good with stop lines, speed limits, or red traffic lights…

    The only bicycle infrastructure I remember seeing was on-street bike lanes through MIT. That was 5 years ago, though.

    • Steven says:

      Look, I didn’t want to say it myself, not wishing to seem like a surly guest in someone else’s city. But it is true, they don’t stop at pedestrian crossing, they drive on the cell phones. All of Boston’s drivers need lining up in the cold, stripped naked, and forced to drink lots of water for hours while not being permitted to pee. I propose we organise this, somehow.

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