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Boston cyclists gear up for commute during Orange Line shutdown

Boston cyclists gear up for commute during Orange Line shutdown

Kicking off Sunday on two wheels. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios With the Orange Line’s monthlong closure underway, I decided it’s time to learn the rules of…

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Kicking off Sunday on two wheels. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios With the Orange Line’s monthlong closure underway, I decided it’s time to learn the rules of the road as a cyclist. I joined a group ride on Sunday catering to new riders, hosted by the Boston Cyclists Union.

"Biking" the news: Some passengers are exploring alternatives to commuting, including bikes. The cyclists union has capitalized on the increased interest to organize a group ride to help riders like me learn routes and safety tips.

They also repaired bikes before the rides took off Sunday.

Why it matters: The Orange Line closure stands to upend the commutes of not only MBTA passengers, but also virtually everyone traveling in Greater Boston, transit officials say. Learning the rules for cyclists can make commuting a lot less stressful, and less dangerous.

Details: The Cyclists Union led two groups from Forest Hills to downtown Boston. A little more than a dozen of us joined the first ride, traveling protected bike paths on the Southwest Corridor and then Columbus Avenue.

Most drivers were respectful, but that’s at least partly because the union’s co-leaders flanked the newer riders and parked themselves in front of cars when we crossed intersections.

What they’re saying: Emma Reading, 27, joined the group ride to learn the routes between Forest Hills and downtown Boston. "I’ve only been here for about a year. I’d never lived in a city before, and just would have been too nervous to use my bike while […]

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