Bicycle-friendly amenities are contributing to a surge in property values for communities everywhere, marshaled by developments in urban centers and suburban outposts that accommodate “active” transportation. At its core, the bicycle boom is about people choosing a lifestyle that gives them more options and requires less dependence on motor vehicles. Through supporting bike infrastructure, real estate professionals who influence the built environment [buildings, neighborhoods and streets] can play a significant role in creating healthier, more sustainable communities.
According to a recent report from commercial real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakfield, Jamaica Plain, Davis Square and Allston//Brighton are the coolest Boston area enclaves.
Bicycle friendly amenities are leading to a rise in property values across the world marshaled by developments in urban centers and suburban outposts that accommodate “active” transportation. On a national scale, the values of homes in areas with "above-average” access to transportation are higher than those of comparable properties by up to $34,000.
It is almost springtime and that is the prime time to begin pondering utilizing that bicycle for more than driving to work. Here are 16 trails around the area, from shorter urban ones to more rustic courses that sprawl many miles.