The Boston Cyclists Union and the Somerville Bicycle Committee put on the third annual Rush Hour Race this spring. The race sets off from downtown Boston at 5:30 pm, prime time for traffic, and pits a driver against a cyclist and a rider of public transportation.

The finish line was Somerville’s Union Square where a DJ, snacks, beer, and tents from local bike advocacy groups were set up for anyone who wants to join. It was an excellent way to illustrate how alternative transportation is not only healthy and green, but also convenient and fast in urban areas.

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The concept behind Rush Hour Race is at the core of Park & Pedal’s viability: in heavily congested areas the bicycle is the fastest way to travel.

At this year’s event the cyclist came in first place and beat the driver and MBTA rider by nearly 13 minutes.