Kevin Foster


Kevin Foster works as a Survey Methodologist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. His daily commute takes him from his home near Coolidge Corner in Brookline to the Federal Reserve building at Dewey Square. He cycles every day of the year there isn’t ice on the ground. Rather than the direct route through Kenmore Square, he chooses a longer but more relaxing route route through Brookline to near the BU Bridge, where he gets on the Charles River Esplanade bike path towards downtown. Says Kevin, “I feel like I have one of the most beautiful commutes in Boston.”

Kevin and I got to chatting the other day when I stopped to check out Brookline’s new contraflow bike lanes on Essex Street that let cyclists coming off the BU Bridge travel straight, a major desire line for those headed for the Longwood Medical Area and points beyond. One thing Kevin would like to see improved about cycling in Boston is the traffic flow on both ends of the BU Bridge. “I’ve been riding through the intersection on the Boston side every day for over 4 years now, and it still seems confusing sometimes. It’s chaos.” Hopefully Brookline’s new contraflow lanes will be an improvement for people who cycle through the area daily.

I love Kevin’s attitude about cycling in the city: “I’m just a normal rider and I don’t wear a lot of special gear. I’ve ridden to work on days when the temperature was in the 100’s, and I’ve also ridden to work on days when the temperature was in the single digits.” His internally-geared Cannondale commuter is a smart choice for daily usage.

Ride on, Kevin!


Kevin making use of the new contraflow bike lane on Essex Street



5 Comments on “Kevin Foster”

  1. Great interview and congrats to Kevin for his purposeful riding

  2. Chris McNally says:

    that’s fantastic news about Essex st, I didn’t know! I’d like to see more contraflow bike lanes like that.

    • Chris, Ivy street in Brookline also got contra flow lanes as well, so cyclists can now ride from Carlton St to the BU bridge without having to use that awful bridge over the Mass Pike

  3. Ride on, Kevin! The more people see examples of successful bike commuters, the more it will spread.

  4. Reblogged this on In the Big Muddy and commented:
    I’m all for reducing our carbon footprints. It’s a metaphor that works well for all ages. I like the extension of the metaphor to tracking here in Cycle Style Boston. Here, akin to a raccoon print in the mud, is another kind of eye candy—the Yellow-Coated Internal-Gear Mathematician. Native to the South, and naturalized in Brookline, this particular specimen is married to my cousin.

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