Najah Shakir


This is Najah Shakir, Program Manager at Boston Bikes, the City of Boston’s bike department. During the warmer months, you will usually find her riding Hubway to work and around the city, but until the system gets running year round — an idea Cycle Style Boston fully endorses — she rides her Globe Daily 3-speed in the off-season. We caught up with Najah recently for a little Q&A about her work and biking in Boston. Read the rest of this entry »


Sophy Sean and his Flying Pigeon


Sophy Sean is a retired engineer living in Boston. His ride? A classic Chinese Flying Pigeon his daughter bought for him. Fun fact: the Flying Pigeon is considered to be the most popular vehicle ever with over 500 million units made as of 2007, according to Wikipedia. I spotted him at the recent Boston Bike Week Festival at City Hall Plaza and he was kind enough to let me get his photo. Ride on, Sophy!

Brookline Ave gets its bike on


Part of celebrating the everyday use of bicycles and the people who ride them is celebrating the improvements in infrastructure that make it easier and safer for us to get from point A to point B. The paint had hardly dried on the brand-spanking-new buffered bike lanes on Brookline Ave when I went to check them out last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Nicole Freedman

Director of Boston Bikes

Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes

Today, I happened to run into none other than the one and only Nicole Freedman out on the Southwest Corridor bike path. One of the strongest arguments I can think of in favor of cycling, aside from the benefits it brings for our health and our environment, is that you get to run into your neighbors. When I’m riding around the neighborhood, it’s unusual when I don’t run into somebody I know. Sometimes we just wave at each other. Sometimes we stop to chat and catch up. Connections are made. Ideas are exchanged. This is what we mean when we talk about community, and this is what what we loose when we are trapped in the protective bubble of the automobile. We also get these same benefits from walking. You never know who you might run into. Read the rest of this entry »