The Car and the Bicycle, Part 4 - Adventure Biking

BikeyFace looks to be a few years old. But there are a ton of great drawings, comic books, and links to interviews / articles on the site which focuses around a theme I might that could be referred to as “Adventure Biking.” This could involve as mild a subject as people just doing their daily biking commute, something any urban cyclist knows can become an dramatic adventure. It could also range into the more extreme forms of adventure, bordering on crazy and/or illegal.

Read More
The Car and the Bicycle, Part 2 - Rise of the Bike Lanes

As an Uber and Lyft driver who has navigated the mean streets of Boston more than most, I have witnessed the mayhem of the open road in all its fury. From fender-benders at ill-designed rotaries to the slow broil of bottlenecked bumper-to-bumperdom on Storrow Drive.  And to people riding their bikes on Storrow Drive. Nothing seems to excite as much unmitigated road rage as the clashes between motorists and bicyclists. It seems these two species of road runners are hard-wired as natural enemies, intransigently irreconcilable as a red-state Republican and a blue-state Democrat.

Read More
The Car and the Bicycle, Part 1 - Pedaling Down Memory Lane

Before the car dominated the Boston transportation scene, there was the humble bicycle.  The velocipede, as it was called, made its appearance in the 1800s, went through a golden age, then declined after the rise of the automobile in the early 1900s.  A resurgence in biking took place in the late 20th and early 21st century.  Now the two modes of transport are locked in a head-to-head urban battle that is evident to all drivers in our area.   But there is more to this story than simply describing dynamics of the battle and posting pictures of bike lanes.  The history of the two wheelers has its origins in Massachusetts, both in the Boston area as well as in Western Massachusetts.

Read More
Beautiful Neighborhoods: Cambridge / Brattle St. / Porter Square

Brahmins and Beantowners alike have endowed Boston with countless numbers of attractive neighborhoods, both old and new. Many of them are pretty well-known and well-documented, such as the famous Brattle Street area of Cambridge near Harvard Square. But as a rideshare driver like me, who has ventured into every nook and cranberry of Boston and its outskirts, I’ve stumbled on a growing number of lesser known yet equally beautiful and “hidden” enclaves.

Read More
A Trot in Harvard Square

When you drive over 200,000 miles in the span of 3 years you sometimes find yourself in just the right place, at just the right moment. I happened to be at the stop light in the Square. As I turned to my left, I saw this unexpected creature walking right toward me. It was rather oblivious to the people gawking at it (squawking about it?).  The photo journalist hack that I am, I grabbed my phone and clicked the red button.

Read More
Off to Logan Airport...

Not surprisingly, as an Uber and Lyft driver, I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time at Logan Airport. I’m guessing I’ve been in and out of there well over a thousand times in the past year or two alone. I sometimes go there a half dozen times a day Thus, it seems fitting to start the photo posting with a view I’ve become most familiar with. Heading on the Mass Pike into the Ted Williams tunnel.

Read More
Famous Bostonians: John F. Kennedy

While few people today are clamoring to visit the ancestral sites of the Cabots and the Lowells, the Kennedy mystique still draws thousands of admirers in search of Camelot. For 52 years, from John Kennedy’s first election to Congress in 1946, until the passing of his younger brother, Senator Edward Kennedy in 2009, the Kennedys were a leading dynasty in American politics.

Read More
Uber / Lyft: How Does It Work?

One of the most intriguing things about working for Uber and Lyft is that you have no supervisor except yourself and your passengers.  You work whenever you want to.  When you feel like working you turn the app on, and you’re clocked in.  When you feel like taking a break, you turn the app off.  This could mean turning it off at the end of a ride to just catch your breath. Or turning it off to have lunch.  Or like I do, to go home for a midday nap.  You are the boss.

Read More
Why No Auto Tour? A Brief History of Boston Tourism, Part 1

My idea for the Boston Auto Tour had its roots in an ancient desert landscape some forty years ago, when in 1980 I toured Israel with some family members.  The cost was inclusive of the tour and lodging, but not food and airfare.  We traveled around the country with an official government tour guide, visited many historical, cultural, and tourist sites, and stayed at different hotels, motels, farms and homes.

Read More
My First Uber Ride (as a driver)

This is the very first Uber ride I gave back on February 5, 2014.  I had no idea what was to come from this.  This is also one of the first photos I took in my ride share career, the first of 1000s to come.  For this ride, I gave a man a ride from Harvard Square to about 5 minutes away.  My fare? $6.91.

Read More
UberJames LantosUberComment