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Hubway Introduces Unicorn Madness

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 19

Vote today for your favorite in Round 1!
This month, Hubway is introducing a tournament of its own by celebrating its 8 uniquely wrapped bikes, also knows as “unicorns.” Get to know the unicorns, join the fun, win prizes by riding, and help your favorite win by taking part in Hubway Unicorn Madness!
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How It Works

ROUND 1 → Voting is open now through noon on March 22nd. Please vote only once per round. The 4 unicorn bikes with more votes in each matchup will move on to Round 2. Every trip you take on one of the unicorns will also count as entry to win a prize. Follow the bikes here.
Round 2 → Join us at our Harvard Sq – Brattle/Eliot station on Thursday, March 23, at 8:45 AM when we reveal the final 4 unicorns. Attendees and Hubway members get a free small coffee from 8 – 9:30 AM at Crema Cafe. Each ride in round 2 through March 29thwill be added to online votes to determine the final 2 unicorns.
Round 3 → The final 2 unicorns are revealed on Thursday, March 30, at 8:45 AM on Boston City Hall Plaza. Free coffee will be provided from 8 – 9:30 AM at George Howell Coffee in Boston Public Market for attendees and Hubway members. One more round of votes will be added to the total trip distance for each of the final unicorns, and a winner will be crowned!
Prizes provided by Hubway, TD Hub On Wheels, Boston Red Sox,
Dorchester Brewing Company, and The Ice Creamsmith

The Hubway Data Challenge — April 10th deadline

Calling all designers, programmers, artists, students, and data geeks! Over $7,500 worth of prizes will be awarded in the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge presented by Microsoft. Enter your work by the April 10th deadline to get in front of our expert judges and be eligible for the People’s Choice voting. The free Data Visualization Crash Course at General Assembly is sold out for tonight (3/16), but get on the waitlist in case any last minute space becomes available.

Where To Ride

Looking for places to ride Hubway?
Want to brush up on your riding skills?
Interested in a group ride?Check out our full list of upcoming local events, festivals, rides, and classes. Here are some coming up in the next few weeks.

Thu 3/16, 6:30-8:30pm    GA + Hubway Present: Free Data Viz Crash Course
General Assembly, 125 Summer Street, 13th Floor, Boston


Tue 3/21, 5:30-7:30pm    Cycle Massachusetts 2017 Kickoff Party
The Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant, 350 Mass Ave, Cambridge


Thu 3/23, 8:45am    Hubway Unicorn Madness Round 2 Launch
Harvard Square Hubway station at Brattle St / Eliot St, Cambridge.
Free coffee for Hubway members 8-9:30am at Crema Cafe


Sat 3/25, 10am-4pm    HI HACKS Nursing Hackathon
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 4th Floor, Cambridge


Sat 3/25, Noon-5pm    Minority Business Expo
Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St, Roxbury


Sat 3/29, 7:30-9:30pm    GA + Harpoon present: Code in the Brewery
Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall, 306 Northern Ave, Boston


Thu 3/30, 8:45am    Hubway Unicorn Madness Round 3 Launch
Boston City Hall Plaza. Free coffee for Hubway members 8-9:30am at George Howell Coffee in Boston Public Market


Sat 3/30, 7-9pm    Boston Comics Roundtable
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Community Room


Fri 3/31, All Day    Walk / Ride Day Check-In
Check in your commute, no matter where and how you traveled, for the chance at great bike-friendly rewards and prizes.

Sat 4/1, 10am-2pm    Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street

Visit the full Hubway events calendar. Have an event we should include? Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #WhereToRide.

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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

Calling all designers, programmers, civic minds, artists, students & data geeks!
Join this year’s challenge to bring more than 5 million Hubway trips to life — plus the chance to win great prizes! Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville invite you to get your creative juices flowing for the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge presented by Microsoft.

Where and when do Hubway users ride? How far do they go? Which stations are most popular? Which days yield the most rides? How do rider patterns differ between members & casual riders? How does weather affect usage? Simply download the Hubway trips data and get as creative as you like. Enter your project by April 10th for your chance to win one of six prize packages (including cash) valued at over $1,200 each!

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Save the Date — April 28th

Our expert judges will award winners in 5 categories, plus a public vote for the People’s Choice award, at the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge presented by Microsoft Awards Ceremony & Seasonal Celebration at the Microsoft New England Research & Design (NERD) Center in Cambridge. More details to follow.

Free Data Visualization Crash Course — March 16th

Want to learn the basics of data visualization and get the skills you need to participate in the Challenge? You’re invited to a free Data Visualization Crash Course offered by our friends at General Assembly Boston. Space is limited to the first 100 people who sign up, so register early.

Do You Enjoy Good (and Free) Food?

Thanks to Data Challenge event sponsor B.GOOD, attendees of the General Assembly course and our NERD Center Awards Ceremony will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious wholesome food that people feel good about eating. As part of the Data Challenge prize package, winners will also receive 7 days of free B.GOOD via the B.GOOD Family App.
Additional prizes provided by Hubway and

Boston stations coming out of hibernation beginning next week

More good news out of Hubway HQ! Weather permitting, stations based in Boston will begin deployment for the season next week. The full schedule is still to be determined, so check the Hubway blog for specific station updates to see when your favorite stations are returning. View the station map or your Hubway app to see real-time station, dock, and bike availability.

Where To Ride

Looking for places to ride Hubway?
Want to brush up on your riding skills?
Interested in a group ride?

Check out our full list of upcoming local events, festivals, rides, and classes. Here are some coming up in the next few weeks.



Mon 2/27, 11-11:30am    Public Sing Along
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Mon 2/27, 1-2pm    Nonfiction Book Group
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Tue 2/28, 6-8pm    Kendall Square Mobility Task Force Meeting
One Main Street, 1st Floor, East Arcade Conference Room, Cambridge


Tue 2/28, 7-8pm    Boudreau Knitting Group
Boudreau Branch Library, 245 Concord Ave, Cambridge


Tue 3/7, 7-9pm    Central Square Social Club
Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge


Sun 3/12, 9:30-11:30am    Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts State Finals
Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington street, Boston

Thu 3/16, 6:30-8:30pm    GA + Hubway Present: Free Data Visualization Crash Course
General Assembly, 125 Summer Street, 13th Floor, Boston

Visit the full Hubway events calendar. Have an event we should include? Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #WhereToRide.

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Hubway Closed For The Blizzard

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 09

Like you were going to ride them anyway (although with how much they weigh it would be pretty fun to go skidding around on them).

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Hello Hubway rider,

Due to a forecast of inclement weather, Hubway will temporarily close at 11 AM on Thursday, February 9th, for the safety of our riders and staff. Once the closure has begun, no bikes can be rented at the stations, though any bikes in use at that time can be returned to any Hubway station with an available dock.

Following the storm, Hubway field staff will be working to clear stations, after which the Cambridge stations will reopen. Stations in Boston, Brookline, and Somerville, which are already closed, will remain closed for the remainder of the season.

We understand that forecasts vary and may change, and we will make sure to get updates to you. Closure and re-opening information will be posted to the Hubway website, Facebook, and Twitter. We will also send another email when the system is ready to reopen. For real-time station, bike, and dock availability, visit our station map, or call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929).

Thank you for your cooperation,

​The Hubway Team

 


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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 03

From the email:

Planning to watch New England’s Biennial February Football Game? Cambridge stations are open year-round, and you can take Hubway to your viewing party! Regardless of the game’s outcome, there is plenty of Hubway-related excitement this winter, like the record-setting 1.27 million trips riders took in 2016. There are also some inspiring Black History Month celebrations on our list of where to ride in February. All this means plenty of places to ride all winter long.

Commemorating Black History Month

In 1928, five African American women set off from New York City on a 250-mile adventure to Washington D.C. Their three-day ride was about personal pleasure and challenge, and the story calls into question our ideas of who bicycled in history and why. We found this important story via the series archives of The Bicycle Story: A Tale of People and Bikes, where you can read and hear this and other inspiring features about race, diversityempowerment, and their connections with bikes.

Where do you want Hubway in metro-Boston?

Stations in Boston, Brookline, and Somerville will be back before you know it, but if you’ve got a little riding downtime, now is the perfect time to use Hubway’s Suggest-a-Station tool. Got ideas for future Hubway station locations? Put ’em on the map, and provide feedback on others’ suggestions. We use this info when making Hubway expansion considerations.

Where To Ride

Looking for places to ride Hubway?
Want to brush up on your riding skills?
Interested in a group ride?Check out our full list of upcoming local events, festivals, rides, and classes. Here are some coming up in the next few weeks.

Sat 2/4, 10am-2pm    Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street


Sat 2/4, 1-2:30pm    9th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Festival
Brattle Plaza (in front of Crema Cafe at 27 Brattle Street), Cambridge


Sat 2/4, 3-5pm    Australia Day! Gondwana Chorale with Boston City Singers
First Church, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge


Mon 2/6, 6-7pm    Bi-Monthly Meditation
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Mon 2/6, 6-8pm    Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?
Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway


Tue 2/7, 7-9pm    Central Square Social Club
Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge


Wed 2/8, 3-4pm    Advanced DIY
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/9, 6:30-8:30pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! An Evening with Joel Gill & John Jenning
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Wed 2/15, 7-9pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis film screening
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/16, 7-9pm    Boston Comics Roundtable
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Fri 2/17, 7-8:30pm    Meet the Author: Roxane Gay
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/23, 6-8pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! Meet the Author: Bernice McFadden
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Fri 2/24, All Day    Walk / Ride Day Check-In
Check in your commute, no matter where and how you traveled, for the chance at great bike-friendly rewards and prizes.


Sat 2/25, 10am-1pm    Longfellow Birthday Celebration
Stony Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge


Tue 2/28, 7-8pm    Boudreau Knitting Group
Boudreau Branch Library, 245 Concord Ave, Cambridge

Visit the full Hubway events calendar. Have an event we should include? Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #WhereToRide.

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Live In Cambridge? Time To Make Some Phone Calls.

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 30

Time to get on the phone!  In between calling up your senators and telling them to fight trump, you should call up your local folks and demand bike lanes!

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We’re writing with good news and bad news about our shared work to make our streets safer for everyone in Cambridge.

First, the good news: All four designs for Inman Square include protected bike facilities and so many of us showed up to the public meeting they had to turn people away and schedule a new one!

Now, the bad news: Unfortunately, the city does not appear to be committed to implementing a Spring network of protected bike lanes as the council requested last fall, based on their most recent update which they’re going to present to the city council tomorrow. Instead, they only plan to complete a portion of Cambridge St and a small sliver of Mass Ave this spring, with no concrete plan for further work. We continue to be excited about the popup protected bike lane that’s planned for Cambridge St, but that needs to be just the first step in a concrete, accelerated work plan for a broad network across the city.

Two cyclists died last year and the city’s lack of urgency is troubling. We need your help to keep up pressure on the city to commit to a detailed plan and timetable for a connected network of protected bike lanes.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Most valuable: Come to the city council meeting tomorrow, Monday January 30, and speak out in support of an expansive Spring network. Public comment starts at 5:30pm, you can call (617) 349-4280 to sign up until 3pm or sign up in person until 6pm. Say that you are speaking about CMA 2017 #27 (the bike safety work plan). We’ll put up talking points here. RSVP and share on Facebook.
  2. If you can’t make Monday’s council meeting, please write or call your City Councillors and the City Manager expressing your disappointment at the lack of urgency and the narrow scope in the plans for protected lanes. Numbers for each City Councillor are available here.

Sincerely,
Annie, Nate, and other members of the CBS core team


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