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In case you couldn’t figure out from the apocalyptic messages emanating from every media device, its going to snow, a lot, Tuesday. Stay inside, bust out the trainers, and sweat out some holiday calories while watching a movie, oh also the Hubways will be closed (duh).
|Hello Hubway member,
Due to a Blizzard Warning from the National Weather Service (NWS), Hubway willtemporarily close all stations at 7:00PM on Monday, January 26th, to protect the safety of our members and staff. No bikes can be rented after the temporary closure has begun. Any bikes in use at the time of closure can be returned to any Hubway station with an available dock.
Please note: throughout the day, Hubway field staff will be applying covers to some of the docking points at many stations to protect them from snow accumulation. This will reduce the actual number of docks available in the system and will impact the accuracy of dock availability numbers displayed on Spotcycle and other Hubway-related apps.
We expect Hubway to remain closed for the duration of the NWS Blizzard Warning and thereafter until conditions have improved. Annual and monthly members will be informed of re-opening plans via email. Closure and re-opening information will also be posted to the Hubway website, Facebook, and Twitter.
If you have any questions, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929). The Hubway Severe Weather Closure Policy can be found here.
Thank you for your cooperation,
The Team at Hubway
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Doug looking great in safety yellow! Also is that a built in headlamp?!
Tags: cold outside, warm in your balaclava, winter rider
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Jen looking toasty warm on her -25 wind chill commute this morning!
And Gloria looking classy with her city bike! (impressive cargo capacity!)
It was cold (like eye lashes frozen cold) this morning, but I rode, and so did a lot of other folks! Like they say, no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing choices. If you are still riding what is your setup?
Tags: cold, did you ride today...yes, really cold, still riding
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Even though its been another one of those spooky warm winters, Boston Hubway station are still closing down on the 31st, from the email:
SYSTEM ALERT: The final day of 2014 winter operations for all Boston-based stations will be Wednesday, December 31st. Though you may continue to see the Boston-based stations during the first week of January, they will not be operational, andriders will not be able to rent or return bikes to these stations.
Almost all Cambridge-based stations will remain open throughout the winter. All closed Boston stations, in addition to those based in Brookline & Somerville, are expected to relaunch again in spring 2015.
If stations you typically use are within Boston city limits, we recommend making alternative arrangements for your trips beginning on Thursday, January 1st. Hubway will continue to post updates on its website in addition to its facebook and twitter pages, so make sure to check those sites for the latest info, and to develop a contingency plan for your routes. Thank you for almost 3 million rides… and counting!ng.
For more on Hubway winter operations,
including cold-weather riding tips, visit thehubway.com/winter.
Tags: boston, closing, hubway, winter
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If you drive a car, you need to see this video. I got this from Ian yesterday.
I got right hooked in a bike lane this morning on Beacon St in Somerville,
MA, and got the entire thing recorded on my GoPro. I called the cops, who
did respond, but basically seemed uninterested in the fact that a motorist
right hooked a cyclist, and in fact the officer told me that I needed to be
A co-worker recommended contacting you, and said that you might be
interested in the video to help raise awareness of how dangerous a right
hook is to cyclists.
When making right turns it is not enough to simply turn on your signal, you need to also make sure NO ONE IS IN THE LANE NEXT TO YOU! Including but not limited to the bike lane. Just treat the bike lane like a lane for cars, check your mirror, yield to traffic already in that lane, etc. There was very little the cyclist could have or should have been doing in this situation, he was riding legal down the road, and a car dramatically changed lanes with very little warning. If you look at the video the signal and the turn happen at the same time, basically this driver flicked on his signal (a rare thing in this town), and began turning the wheel for the turn at the same time. There is no way he could have had time to check behind him to make sure there was no one in the bike lane.
Luckily the gentleman in this video is ok, but it could have been a lot nastier. I applaud his calm reaction, I have a feeling I would have flipped my shit.
Another even bigger problem here is the blasé reaction from the cops. Waiting until someone is killed is not an effective strategy for preventing deaths. This motorist should have been issues a citation (Ian was unclear about if he was or not), and legal action should be taken against the driver and the company he is driving for. For every horrific death by right hook there are hundreds of these nail biting close calls, only if the police get serious about reducing these incidents will the deaths be prevented.
With the advent of cheap go-pro style cameras we are going to be seeing a lot more of this kind of thing. I imagine a future several years from now when a simple USB stick style camera can record a days worth of video, and you would simply strap it to your jacket and use it as a daily commute recorder, if nothing happened that day you could erase the memory and go about your day. If however some asshole right hooks you, you will have it all recorded. If you have the money, and you ride often perhaps integrating a personal recording device into your safety gear is not such a bad idea.
Tags: holy shit, right hook, safety, video
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A contest where cities compete to be the most friendly is one in which we all win. And Somerville has edged out “traditional” bike friendly Cambridge for the top spot this year.
Somerville is the top bike commuting city in the Northeast, according to an annual report from the League of American Bicyclists.
Somerville beat out its neighbor, Cambridge, and New Haven, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh to capture the title. The study ranked cities by calculating the percentage of commuters who ride bikes, using 2012 American Community Survey data from the US Census Bureau.
In Somerville, 7.77 percent of commuters regularly ride bikes. Right behind them, in Cambridge about 6.49 percent of commuters travel regularly by bike.
Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said he was excited, but not surprised, by the ranking: The city has invested in bike lanes and infrastructure for years. “This is not by accident,” he said.
Hayes Morrison, Somerville’s director of transportation and infrastructure, said there’s even more on the horizon for cyclists in Somerville. Adding to the city’s 14 miles of bike lanes, 6 miles of bike paths, and 25 miles of shared roads marked for bicycle travel, the city will soon break ground on its first cycle track — a protected bike lane.
Cambridge is also gearing up to further improve biking in the city.
“Every time we redo a street, we try to make it better for walking and biking,” said Cara Seiderman, the city’s transportation program manager. (via)
Awesome! I saw that they are putting in more bike lanes on Broadway and narrowing the street with a center divider and curb extensions. All in all a great idea to turn that nasty highway like section of Broadway into a livable walk-able community. Once they get that overpass tore down in union and put in the new green line station Somerville will be THE place to ride your bike.
Tags: awesome, somerville, top biking city
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Tags: hubway, update
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And they are staying open until December this year, and opening a month early, with plans to add 10-15 more stations, all in all a steady progression towards more and better Hubway service. If you live in Cambridge you will get to use Hubway all winter!
BOSTON — The operator of bike share Hubway is getting new owners and winter service is expanding in Boston. Here’s what riders need to know about the Hubway news this week:
Bike share acquisition deal
Alta Bicycle Share, which is contracted by Boston, Brookline, Somerville and Cambridge to operate Hubway, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by investment group Bikeshare Holdings LLC. The newly formed investment group includes the CEOs of Equinox Fitness Clubs and real estate firm Related Companies.
In addition to Boston, Alta Bicycle Share currently runs bicycle shares in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Melbourne, Australia.
In announcing the deal Tuesday, the company said the acquisition will bring in more capital and allow them to expand operations and serve more riders. (read more)
Tags: hubway, new owner
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