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Winter Mega Storm Aught 15 To Close Hubway Stations

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 26

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).

 

From Hubway:

 

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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Another Winter Rider!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 20

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Doug looking great in safety yellow!  Also is that a built in headlamp?!

Still have two books left, get yours!


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Two More Awesome Winter Riders

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 08

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Jen looking toasty warm on her -25 wind chill commute this morning!

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And Gloria looking classy with her city bike! (impressive cargo capacity!)

 

I still have several books left!  Send in your winter riding pictures!

 

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?


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Hubway Ready To Close Boston Stations For The Winter

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 30

Even though its been another one of those spooky warm winters, Boston Hubway station are still closing down on the 31st, from the email:

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BOSTON-BASED STATIONS TO CLOSE FOR WINTER ON 12/31

Cambridge-based stations to remain open year-round

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.

View the entire updated Hubway station map here, and use the Spotcycle app or Hubway Tracker for up to the minute
system information and bike/dock availability when planning your rides.

For more on Hubway winter operations,
including cold-weather riding tips, visit thehubway.com/winter.


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How To Almost Kill Someone: Right Hook Edition

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 17

If you drive a car, you need to see this video.  I got this from Ian yesterday.

From Ian

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
more careful!

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.


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Somerville Most Popular City In The Northeast For Cycling

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 11

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.


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Hubway Station Closure Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

From Hubway:

 

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Hello Hubway riders!

It’s that time of year again. Stations and bikes will soon be removed from the street for winter. Hubway will begin our regular season-end station closures on Monday, November 17, 2014, and the final day of this year’s full-system operations will beWednesday, November 26th.

BUT WAIT! The good news is we’re not done riding this year! After last year’s successful winter pilot in Cambridge, Hubway’s winter operations have expanded. We’re pleased to announce that many stations in Boston will remain open through December, and almost all stations in Cambridge will continue operations all winter long. All closed stations are expected to re-open in the spring.

“Will my station close for the year? And when?”

 

This year you can sign up to receive email system alerts on the days that stations are removed, so you can easily get the latest info and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite stations. Plus, we’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page andtwitter profile.

Please note: we will still send full system shutdown warnings in the event of inclement weather, but you must sign up here to receive the seasonal station removal alerts.

We’re keeping the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 26th and beyond, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for more than 1.1 MILLION rides this year… and counting!

 

The Team at Hubway

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 REMEMBERING MAYOR MENINO

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor and a champion of bike sharing in the Boston area. Please click hereto view a letter from Hubway General Manager, Emily Stapleton, distributed to all Hubway staff last week, about the Mayor’s trailblazing support of Hubway and the impact of that support on the City.

 HUBWAY PRO-TIP: ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR DOCKING

Didn’t see a green light when you docked? Lift the bike ever-so-slightly by the seat and give a tug to make ensure that it is fully secure and that your trip has closed. If you ever have that “left-the-oven-on” feeling later in the day that perhaps you didn’t see that green light, log into your Hubway member account here and click the Rentals tab to confirm your trip was successfully closed. Of course, you can always reach the Hubway customer support team, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929).

CAMBRIDGE SEEKING DANA PARK HUBWAY STATION USER FEEDBACK

Do you use the Dana Park Hubway Station? This station is currently located on Lawrence Street, and with almost 10,000 trips taken so far it is well used and has provided tremendous benefits to those in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. At the request of some area residents, the City of Cambridge has doneadditional analysis, including looking at the options for off-street locations to allow year-round use. The City welcomes your input on options and comments about the station’s long-term location.

 

Click here to take the Dana Park Hubway station survey.

WHERE TO RIDE?

 

5Point Film Festival, Today, Thursday, 11/6, Somerville Theatre. These short adventure films are hand picked to get your heart pumping, mind engaged, and self inspired to pursue your own passions, whatever those may be. Details here.

Green Pedal Film Festival, Sunday, 11/9, 6pm, Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville. An evening of short films on environmental innovations, plus visits from the Bibliocycle, the Coffee Trike, AlFreshCo, Bootstrap Compost, Metro Pedal Power, and more! More info here.

Boston Bikes Hosts “Half the Road” screening, Wednesday, 11/19, 6:30pm, Fenway Landmark Theatre, Boston. Thisgroundbreaking documentary by pro-cyclist and director Kathryn Bertine explores the passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling. The film focuses on both the joy of sport and the challenges of inequality that female riders face today in a male-dominated world of cycling. “We thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling,” the filmmakers described. “Then it turned into a film about equality.” TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED BY 11/11! Get yours now. Boston Bikes will host an informal discussion and Q&A after the film with professional cyclist Sara Bresnick.

Rules of the Road Bicycle Workshop, Wednesday, 11/12, 6:30pm, Cambridge Main Library @ 449 Broadway.
This one-hour presentation will cover bike safety statistics, rules of the road, both bike-specific and car-specific laws & legislation, general safety tips, current legislative efforts, and the realreasons to obey traffic laws. Registration info here.

Boston Bike Party presents A Space Odyssey, Friday, 11/14, 7:30pm, Copley Square. Wonder what it would be like to journey through space (safely on a bike in the streets of Boston)? Boston Bike Party will take you there. Prepare for liftoff in 5-4-3…


Kaiju Big Battel 20th Anniversary Bash, Saturday, 11/22, Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville.

Prepare to be dumbfounded and confused, but thoroughly entertained when this oddball mix of comic book, sci-fi, and professional wrestling returns to Somerville for “Shpadoinka Mania 20, Part 2.” Seriously — you may never see anything like it ever again.

More about Kaiju here, and tickets for the event here.

 

Have an event we should be mentioning in our newsletter?

Tweet it to us @Hubway.


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Hubway Has A New Owner, Not Much Will Change For Riders

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 06

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!

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From WBUR:

Photo Credit: Mr.TinDC via Compfight cc

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)


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The Word On The Street

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