Kevin FosterPosted: June 28, 2013
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!