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Hello Hubway riders!
We only changed one digit, but it’s an important one. Starting today, Tuesday, April 22nd, Hubway Customer Support has a new phone number. Hubway’s keys, docks, bikes, and stations are designed to be intuitive, but if you ever need any help, ignore the old number on your key fob, drop us a line here, and we’ll be happy to help.
24 hours a day / 7 days a week
in English and Spanish.
If you have suggestions for future station locations, please continue to use our Station Locator Tool to tell us exactly where you want to see them.
The Hubway Team
We loved watching the thousands of athletes, volunteers, and spectators take part yesterday in the 118th Boston Marathon. Congratulations to all Hubway riders who participated. You have truly inspired us. Let us know who you are by reaching us onTwitter.
Now that the Marathon has concluded, 8 Hubway stations along the Marathon route in Brookline and Boston will be deployed to their locations from last season. In addition, 3 new stations listed below have recently been deployed, with a few more stations on the way this season as we approach a total of 140 stations.
Dana Park (Cambridgeport)
Danehy Park (North Cambridge)
Day Boulevard (South Boston)
View the entire Hubway station map here.
for up to the minute system information and bike/dock availability.
Tags: hubway, marathon, new phone number, new stations
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I was almost run over by a casket supply truck this morning…nice big box truck with “Mathews casket international” on the side. I know this because I got a close look at it when it screamed by me with only inches to spare. If you see one of these trucks driving around, watch out, one of them is piloted by an asshole.
I pulled up to him at the next red light (because lets be honest you never make it more than a block during the morning rush hour with hitting a red light, unless you’re on a bike) and knocked on his window. He declined to roll it down, so I screamed “ARE YOU TRYING TO DRUM UP BUSINESS! YOU PASSED ME WAY TO CLOSE!” He stared at me with dead, dull eyes, I knew it was a lost cause and drove off.
It amazes me the kind of casual violence people will display towards each other when they are in cars/trucks. This asshole nearly killed me so he could move forward 100 yards and then stop at a red light. I see this kind of behavior all the time. Its like the hours and hours of mind numbing stop and go traffic has decreased their mental acuity to the point that they no longer have any empathy for their fellow human beings. Its not just cyclists, motorists seem to display the same lack of caring towards pedestrians and other folks in cars.
Makes me more and more convinced we need to do everything in our power to make cars and trucks a thing of the past. Be careful out there folks.
Tags: casket truck, commuting, irony
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from the email, looks like a good time!
583 Boylston Street, Boston
This is no April Fool’s joke! System-wide Hubway begins anew as Boston, Brookline, and Somerville rejoin Cambridge operations. Join us to celebrate at the official reopening day party at the New Balance Experience Store* in Boston on Wednesday.
Free burritos from Boloco.
Free ice cream provided by Ben & Jerry’s Boston.
Thank you to:
*PLEASE NOTE: While the Hubway station outside the New Balance Experience Store will be operational at the event, it will be removed temporarily prior to the Boston Marathon. The station will be deployed permanently for the season after April 21st.
MORE BIKE ADVOCACY EVENTS = MORE FUN!
Tags: hubway, Party
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You have probably been seeing the stations being put back out, thats because its almost time for Hubway to open for the season!
More from Hubway Below.
BOSTON, BROOKLINE, SOMERVILLE REJOIN CAMBRIDGE
as Hubway reopens system-wide on Wednesday, April 2nd.
Snow may be on the way this week, but we have something for you to look forward to! Consider yourself the first to know: After a successful year-round pilot program in Cambridge, Hubway’s system-wide operations begin anew with an official reopening onWednesday, April 2nd.
The Hubway team has been hard at work deploying stations, and nearly 100 stations (out of 140) are expected to be operational by April 2nd, with most remaining stations to be rolled out in early April. Please note: stations along Boylston Street in Brookline and Boston will not be deployed until after the Boston Marathon.
For up-to-the-minute station, bike, and dock availability, we recommend using theSpotcycle smartphone app, or Hubway Tracker from a desktop computer.
Get ready to ride.
The Team at Hubway
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And not just business but a lot of other things, safety,health, quality of life. But no one really cares about any of that unless it makes you more money…so the headline reads “improves business” not “makes you feel less horrible.” But hey if it takes an increase in earnings to get people to abandon cars (and car parking), so be it. Any port in a storm right.
From Livable Streets:
Myth: Businesses need parking spaces in front of their store to thrive
Debunked: Complete streets are increasing economic vitality across the country.
Improved accessibility and a more welcoming street environment are now proven to generate higher sales. In particular, studies find that protected bike lanes and increased bike parking promote economic growth.
Check out the Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business report by PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets study by New York City Department of Transportation for more stats and facts on this topic.
Tags: bikes good, cars bad, livable streets, money money money, study
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From the BCU:
Bostonians making polite requests for a clear path on one of the city’s key bike routes were met with disdain from the state agency responsible for maintaining the paths.
With a rapid-response social media campaign, Boston residents put a face on the purported “.05%” of cyclists who bike through the winter. Photo: Boston Cyclists Union
Here’s how one unnamed official from the Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation responded in an internal email thread to a message from a Boston resident asking for better snow removal on the Southwest Corridor, an important off-street bike path. The leaked email was published on the Boston site Universal Hub (emphasis ours):
Frankly, I am tired of our dedicated team wasting valuable time addressing the less than .05% of all cyclists who choose to bike after a snow/ice event… We should not spend time debating cyclists with poor judgement [sic] and unrealistic expectations, and stick with [the staffer]‘s recommendation that they find other transportation. If someone is completely depending on a bike for year-round transportation, they are living in the wrong city.
Oh man, someone either doesn’t know how to do math, or hasn’t been outside lately. I see literally dozens of cyclists riding EVERY DAY, through all sorts of weather. If I am seeing that many while riding around that means there are likely hundreds of people cycling to work every day even on the most shitty of winter days, and on cold but dry days many hundreds.
Even more would do so if the DCR cleared snow out of bike lanes/paths. It’s not so much that I get pissed when the paths are not plowed to perfection (although I was on the SWC today and it was in a horrible state), but the attitude of this person is just atrocious, do they really think so little of cyclists? Would they say the same thing to people driving cars if the roads were not cleaned well enough? Perhaps people driving a car in Boston are living in a city that just can’t accommodate clearing the roads…maybe this person needs to find a new line of work?
I have started to think that people are not skilled enough to drive cars in the snow and that doing so puts them and others at risk for injury. I would think the DCR would welcome more cyclists, as it means less cars, and less road damage, and less work for them….not to mention all the lives that would be saved by getting people with only a basic set of car driving skills off the road in the winter.
hit up the BCU website if you want to help fight this kind of silly behavior.
Tags: DCR, path plowing, road rage
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Some students want to talk to you!
From the email:
“We are a group of students taking a class called UOCD at Olin College, or “user oriented collaborative design” where we work with a people group to conceptually design some sort of product or service specifically for the user group. We are not conducting a research study or making a finished product, we just want to learn more about our user group so that we can design something for our class.
My group is interested in people who bike to work. If you are a person who bikes to work, it would be great if we could have a phone interview or even better if we can talk to you in person (we can come to boston). We assure you that everything we talk about will be confidential and used just for the class. For privacy, we will absolutely keep you anonymous in our notes.
Tags: ride to work, science, students
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Good lord the roads are proper shit today. Layers of ice and slush and lots and lots of rump braille snow. I went slow, and steady, and rode straight upright and didn’t have any problems with slipping, but damn it was a bit nerve wracking on the hills. It was grade A gross. But you know what, even crawling at half speed, even though my toes were a little wet, and even though it was super putrid out, it WAS STILL BETTER THAN TAKING THE BUS!
It wasn’t that cold, it wasn’t that nasty, and I got home only 10 minutes slower than normal.
I saw other cyclists, and I saw evidence of their trails, so I know I wasn’t the only yahoo out there today, share your adventures below.
Tags: but in ice, ice, nasty out, snow, the world will not end in fire
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