Students, teachers participate in Hub on Wheels

The Newtonite

by Jesse Metzger
Teachers and students from this school raised money for Technology Goes Home, an organization that allows students and teachers in Boston to access computers and the internet at schools and at home, by riding bikes through Boston during the annual Hub On Wheels ride and festival.

The event, which was held yesterday, included a 10-mile, a 30-mile and a 50-mile route that go through many of Boston’s seldom-seen neighborhoods.

Math teacher Dennis Klem has organized a group of students and teachers from this school to participate in the event for the past three years, and this year he hit the streets of Boston with his largest group yet, he said.

“This is the first year I’ve really tried to recruit students to do it,” Klem said. “The ride is surprisingly easy and very do-able, and a few students have even done the 50-mile loop.”

Riding a bike in Boston is “not necessarily as scary as people think it is,” Klem continued. “Boston is trying to become more of a bike-friendly city, and this is part of it.”

Science teacher Ann Dannenberg participated in the Hub On Wheels ride for the first time this year. “I decided to participate because it’s important to encourage people to get out of their cars and use their muscles to get around,” she said. “I’m also a big proponent of the development of bike-friendly cities.”

Senior Isaac Feinhaus has done the ride for the past 2 years, completing the 50-mile loop. Feinhaus enjoys getting to bike through Boston without any cars for parts of the ride, and he also likes how companies give out “a seemingly endless supply of free food along the way.”

A party for riders of all ages took place in City Hall Plaza after the race, which included music, food and an expo.