Hubway, Hubway, Hubway

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 13

Everyone knows there are rules to cycling. Whenever you see a couple of people on a tandem, you are forced to scream “WOOOO! TANDEM!” and wave at them, Whenever someone is hailing a cab on the side of the road you should give them a high five, and now whenever you see more than three people on Hubway bikes, you have say “hubway hubway hubway hubway…” until they pass. Sorry I don’t make the rules, I just report on them.

I was guardedly excited about Hubway when it was first proposed, and I now hear that it is absolutely killing its goals for the year.

In a rate of usage that has surpassed even the most optimistic estimates, the city’s 10-week-old program turned it’s 100,000th ride over the weekend. Credit the weather for giving Hubway it’s two busiest days to date. Beautiful, wasn’t it?

Here’s the stats behind the early success, as provided by Boston’s bike czar Nicole Freedman:

Average ride: 1.13 miles
Total miles: 115,260 miles
Earth’s circumference at the equator: 24,901 miles

By residence: 48 percent from out-of-town
By gender: 32 percent female
By occupation: 11 percent are students; 80 percent work in Boston
By bike ownership: 50 percent don’t own a bike in working condition

With success like this its clear that the program will be expanded and built up even more. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more bike infrastructure following in the wake of more stations.


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3 Responses to “Hubway, Hubway, Hubway”

  1. By S. Molnar on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    I see you offset Boston Magazine’s extraneous apostrophe in “its” (not sure if they laid off all their editors or replaced them with non-English speakers) by incorrectly removing one of your own from “it’s”. Well, the total is right, anyway.

    And no fair shouting “pedant pedant pedant”.

  2. By W.Peugeot on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    It makes me happy to see this hubway program is having so much success, being a car owner and converting myself to a bike anthuesist. My main concern besides the helmets is when I get out of work in Boston at 1-2am and see college students intoxicated on this hubcycles. What can be done to prevent that? Is there a test that should be administered before being able to rent from hubway? A sobrioty test of some sort?

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