Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:42 pm
Redefining commuting with the Rush Hour Race on Tuesday, May 7th
Besides being super affordable, cycling is fast and fun. Walking is easy and even cheaper—but much slower. What about commuting by car? You’ve got your privacy, but also more stress and expense. Taking the T is great for zoning out with your smartphone or book, if you’re lucky enough to snag a seat during peak travel times.
Plymouth Rock wants to help redefine the debate about getting to work. We’re sponsoring the second annual Rush Hour Race, created by the Somerville Bicycle Committee and LivableStreets Alliance, a group advocating to make metro Boston more livable through better transportation options.
The race will determine the most efficient way to get from Davis Square in Somerville to South Station during rush hour.
Join us at 7:30 a.m. at pre-race party in front of Redbones in Davis Square, or at the finish line post-race party from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in Dewey Square across from South Station. We’ll be serving breakfast to hungry commuters at both locations. Want to come along for the ride? A map of the route is right here.
“We’re really excited to be working with the Plymouth Rock team on our second annual Rush Hour Race event,” said Kara Oberg, LivableStreets’ program manager. “The race highlights all the safe and convenient ways people can get around a city, making everyone’s rush hour commute a bit more enjoyable.”
This year, the race is adding an inline skater and a runner to the mix of T-rider, cyclist and car commuter.
Each participant in the race must follow the rules of the road—jumping red lights, jaywalking, or hopping up on sidewalks to get around traffic is NOT allowed.
Last year’s winner, cyclist Josh Zisson, took just 20 minutes to get from David Square to the finish line at Kendall Square. He wore a helmet-cam to prove he won fairly. Second place went to the helmet-less MBTA rider, who came in second at 29 minutes, followed by the driver in third place at 32 minutes.
Back story: (slightly) longer reads related to this blog post topic
- The 2013 Rush Hour Race gets a shout out in Boston Magazine’s news blog.
- Last year’s Rush Hour Race, covered by The Boston Globe’s Metrodesk and in Metro.
- Interesting stats and facts on the economics of cycling vs. driving: Pedaling to Prosperity: Biking Saves U.S. Riders Billions a Year, Forbes Magazine.
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