There is no parking available at the Sunshine Academy. You can find metered parking on the street and the meters are free on Sundays. You can also use the MBTA Green line 'D' train and depart at the Tappan Street stop.
The Ride - This CITY RIDE encompasses portions of Boston and Brookline. We will enjoy the Boston portion first, while traffic is still moderate, before heading into Brookline and enjoying several significant hills with views of Boston.
The Details - A no-drop ride, with different qualities than the suburban and rural group rides prevalent in the CRW club, the orientation is important, so please be punctual. There are many intersections on this ride. Although our pace may be 13-18 mph while riding, the elapsed time will not reflect that. Plus, we will stop for the views. Anticipate a total time of 4 hours and possibly a little more. Bring snacks so we don't have to stop for food, although we will likely stop briefly to replenish fluids. 33.2 miles, 1,260' of elevation.
The View - The first half of the ride includes part of the Paul D White Bike Path, an interesting wander through the new parks at North Point, walk crossing of the Charles River Locks, portions of the North End, Financial District, Seaport District and Black Falcon Terminal, before circumnavigating the Boston Common and heading out of downtown.
And More Views - The second half of the ride features part of the Emerald Necklace and then a lovely tour of the Arnold Arboretum, which includes two excellent climbs with views to Downtown Boston. From there we tour South Brookline, and feature Goddard Avenue as a downhill, which is as exciting as you can get around here, before climbing back up Pond Street. (Pond St gets its name from the top just like Summit Ave gets its name from the bottom!) Then we bike past the golf courses, and on superb streets with awesome houses, which will mostly be hidden from view due to their similarly excellent landscaping before we re-enter the business districts and complete the ride.