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Hubways Back: Bigger Than Ever

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 02

Got this in the email from Hubway, they are back and bigger than ever. I have already seen 5 or 6 people on them.  Have you spotted anyone on one yet?

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Spring has sprung and it’s time to ride!

 

After a very snowy winter we are thrilled to announce that Hubway is open for business. Effective Tuesday, April 2, nearly 75% of our stations are on the ground and the bikes are ready to ride. Our team will continue to add stations and expect to be fully deployed by mid-April. There will be an official ‘Opening Day’ launch event on Monday, April 8. Stay tuned to our Twitter feedFacebook page, and news page for event details.

 

There are many exciting changes for 2013! The current Hubway footprint is 112 stations and 1100 bicycles with several updates to the 2012 configuration:

 

Boston:

  • Additional docking points installed at 10 of the most highly utilized stations, including Congress/Sleeper, Post Office Square, Beacon/Mass Ave, and Charles Circle
  • Summer/Arch station has moved one block to the corner of Franklin/Arch and has added 12 docking points to accommodate demand
  • TD Garden/Legends Way station has moved to the sidewalk along Causeway St at Portal Park and added 7 docking points
  • New station at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s Navy Yard facility

 

Brookline:

  • Washington Square will get a station in metered parking spots along the median of Beacon St (to be installed after the Boston Marathon)
  • New station in on-street parking spots along Harvard Ave in the Kennedy Crossing area of Brookline, providing a critical link between Coolidge Corner and Allston

 

Cambridge:

  • New station at the Radcliffe Quad, at Garden St/Shepard St
  • Planned station for the Porter Square T plaza

 

Somerville:

  • New station at Highland Ave/Somerville Hospital
  • New station at Teele Square/Elm St
  • New station adjacent to Tufts at Packard Ave/Powderhouse Blvd
  • Ball Square station moving down the block to Bristol Rd at the intersection of Broadway

 

Your support has helped make Hubway a critical piece of the transit puzzle here in metro-Boston and one of the most successful bikeshare systems in the world. Together we are #realtransportation, we are Hubway.


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Nicole Freedman Is Back!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 03

Great news, Nicole Freedman is back in the saddle as Boston’s bicycle director!

Nicole Freedman this week returned to her old job as director of the City of Boston’s bicycle programming, city officials announced.

Freedman, a Wellesley native and former Olympic bicyclist, worked as director of Boston Bikes from the program’s launch in 2007 until last April, when she stepped down from the post to take a job as the executive director of Maine Huts and Trails.

“Over the past five years, the program has made tremendous strides, but there’s always more work to do,” said a statement from Freedman. “We’re looking forward to another successful year of cycling in Boston.”

As director of Boston Bikes, Freedman has worked to raise awareness about bicycling in Boston, in an effort to make it more popular and safe, city officials said.

She oversaw major initiatives, including the launch of the Hubway bike share system and the installation of about 50 miles of bike lanes and 850 bicycle racks.

Freedman helped welcome the first professional bicycle race to Boston in nearly two decades, city officials said. Under her leadership, city helped donate more than 1,000 bikes to low-income residents and provided on-the-bike training to nearly 8,000 youth.

“In 2007, we set out to make Boston a world-class bicycling city, and Nicole was the clear choice for a leader who both shared that vision and had the passion to make it a reality,” said a statement from Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Since her departure, Boston Bikes has continued to thrive and improve access for all cyclists, and we’re thrilled Nicole has joined us again to keep that momentum going.”

Freedman left her City Hall post as the so-called “bike czar” on April 20; her first day back was Wednesday. During her nearly nine-month absence, Kris Carter served as interim director. He will now return to his advisor to the mayor.

“I’m so excited to be back in Boston, and grateful for the vision of the mayor, and the work of Kris Carter and the team of people who have continued to lead Boston Bikes on a successful path,” Freedman said. (via)

I am very happy to see her return, Kris Carter did a great job, but nothing beats a dedicated bicycle director. Whoo hoo!


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I’m Back

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 30

Hi all,

I am back from RAGBRAI, and boy was it fun. Expect a full report soon.

Things seemed to have run smoothly without me.

Thanks for looking out.

More soon!

BB


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The Word On The Street

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    • Interview Request For Bicyclist Safety Article October 1, 2014
      TweetGot this in the email: Looking for Cyclists to Share Crash Stories I am a journalism student at Northeastern University. I am writing an article about bicycle safety in Boston – focusing on the fatalities in the past two years … Continue reading →
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    • Dear Boston Developers, Build These Awesome Bike Friendly Buildings September 30, 2014
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    • Silver Maple Forest Ride September 30, 2014
      TweetThis looks pretty awesome, especially around this time of year. From the email: ———- Friends of the Alewife Reservation (main contact)[email protected]ifereservation.orgOctober 18th, 11 amMeet at the Alewife T entrance near Jerry’s Pond.Join the Friends of Alewife Reservation, Green Cambridge, and … Contin
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    • Compass Rose Head Badge Attached September 29, 2014
        Looks great!  I am still super impressed with how this came out.  Looks even better on the bike.  More here. Continue reading →
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    • Somerville Bike Lanes Get The Green Paint Treatment September 29, 2014
      Tweet   A whole bunch of bike lanes in Somerville are getting painted green.  I am not totally sure how I feel about this, but they do seem to be more visible.
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    • City Streets Are Not Bicycle Race Tracks September 29, 2014
      TweetThere are times when city officials consent to closing city streets to traffic for the purpose of allowing a sanctioned bicycle race to take place. The purpose of closing the streets to traffic is to protect the safety of pedestrians, … Continue reading →
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    • Help DotBike Count Bikes! September 25, 2014
      TweetGot this from DotBike, if you have some time and live in Dorchester give it a read!   —————– Hi DotBikers! Great news, Dorchester is on the map!  Please help keep us there! Dorchester has been included in the annual bike … Continue reading →
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    • Visibility When The Sun Is Low In The Sky In Autumn September 25, 2014
      TweetVisibility is often a problem when driving a car. Many things can reduce visibility. Some of them are man-made and others are caused by nature. Driving in autumn is an example of the latter. Late in the day, the sun … Continue reading →
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    • Visibility When The Sun Is Low In The Sky In Autumn September 25, 2014
      TweetVisibility is often a problem when driving a car. Many things can reduce visibility. Some of them are man-made and others are caused by nature. Driving in autumn is an example of the latter. Late in the day, the sun … Continue reading →
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    • Bicycles As Part Of A Business Model September 22, 2014
      TweetOver the summer, I read a series of articles written by a member of bicycle advocacy group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was surprised to see how different Philadelphia was in terms of their approach to incorporating cycling into everyday life, … Continue reading →
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