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Lots of good stuff below from the City Of Boston:
We are proud to announce that the first helmet vending machine in the country can be found at Boylston St and Mass Ave. This machine will help HelmetHub gather information and we hope to start the next Hubway season with more stations around the city. Make sure you visit the machine while you still can.
We are sad to announce that Hubway will be shutting down for the season. Station closures began on November 18th, and the 2013 season will end on November 27th. Please visit http://www.thehubway.
New Bike Lanes Installed
We’re on track to reach our goal of 20 miles of new bike lane in 2013! Have you seen or ridden on the latest additions to Boston’s bike infrastructure?
These lanes have recently been installed or are in progress:
- VFW Parkway – From: Centre Street, To: Brookline Town line
- VFW Parkway – From: Spring St, To: Brookline Town line
- Mount Vernon St – From: Old Colony Ave, To: University Drive North
- Freeport St – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Conley Street
- Stuart / Huntington – From: Harcourt Ave, To: Dartmouth St
- Adams St – From: Neponset, To: Hancock
- Ashmont – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Neponset Ave
- Cross Street / N Washington Street
11/21 – 6:00 pm - CBT Architects, 110 Canal St, 02114
This will be a public meeting to discuss the redesign of Causeway St.
Donate to Roll It Forward
“Though a bike may be thought of as a toy, it can also be a machine of empowerment that can change someone’s outlook on life.” -Canton Citizen
Recently, our work was highlighted in The Canton Citizen. The Canton Girl Scouts will be hosting a bike drive on November 24th from 12 – 3 pm at the Canton Public Library.
We are always accepting bike donations. If you have a bike to donate please visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/
BU’s new Bike Safety website is a valuable resource for cyclists of all abilities. It provides safe cycling tips, Boston cycling laws, and Charles River Campus and Medical Campus bike rack maps, and more.
With the new BU Bike Accident Toolkit, cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists have the ability to leverage the technology in their mobile device to create a digital record of their accident. Available free of charge to iPhone and Android users, this new app automatically records the date, time, and GPS coordinates, and prompts the user to ask the important questions and document the accident with photos, video, and recorded witness statements.
Tags: Bike Lanes, Boston Bikes, City of Boston, helmet hub, hubway
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I guess my earlier bedtime story to Hubway was premature. Like a kid who has gotten into the red bull and pixi sticks Hubway’s in Cambridge are going to rock steady all winter long!
See below for all the details!
|Hello from Hubway!
We’re excited to announce that part of the Hubway system will remain open throughout the winter for the first time. If you haven’t yet heard, while most Hubway stations will be closed by Thanksgiving and removed until Spring 2014, the City of Cambridge will run a pilot program during which almost all of the Cambridge-based stations will remain open and operational year-round. Read the full City of Cambridge press release here.
With winter approaching, read below for cold-weather riding tips, and also read about specific winter station closures for the rest of the Hubway system.
The Team at Hubway
WINTER RIDING TIPS
To prepare for cold-weather bicycling, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
But remember that riding will warm you up. If you get hot as you ride, pull over and remove a layer, but always keep your ears and hands shielded.
FIND BIKE-APPROPRIATE GLOVES & EARMUFFS
Local bike shops offer products that do not obstruct the use of your helmet.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Have your route set ahead of time.
PLAN FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Always make sure you have an option in case a blizzard hits or if you simply decide that riding is no longer comfortable for you.
MAKE THE SMART DECISION IF YOU’RE COLD
Each rider has a different comfort level in inclement weather. If you are uncomfortable for any reason while biking, stop riding and walk your bike to the nearest docking station. If you are cold, make your way indoors to warm up.
Be aware that visibility is particularly limited during the winter, with fewer daylight hours, glare, and foggy conditions. Hubway bikes have 24-hour lights, but it is also a good idea to wear light colored clothing and reflective materials if possible.
USE EXTRA CAUTION
Under wintry conditions, roads may not be completely cleared of snow and ice. You are always permitted to ride in the general travel lane (not only the bike lane) and should do so if the bike lane is snowy or icy.
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURE SCHEDULE
As we wrote last week, the Hubway system began its seasonal phased station closures on Monday, November 18th. With the exception of the Cambridge stations, the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th. The station closure schedule has been published for removals through this weekend. The schedule is subject to change, so please make sure to check Hubway’s news site, facebook page, and twitter feed for the latest updates.
Tags: awesome, hubway, trans siberian hubway, winter
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Its sadly that time again, the Hubways are starting to shut down for the winter. This year they were extended well into the colder months, perhaps if this trend continues in a few years we will see year round Hubway action!
If you have been outside at all you have seen that the Hubway system has exploded in popularity this year. With exponential growth, and awesome discounted memberships for low income people, this system is rapidly becoming the most reliable public transportation system in the city. Lets hope it continues to grow into the neighborhoods that need it most, and that we can push the closing date later and later each year till its open all year round!
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURES BEGIN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
Stay tuned to thehubway.com/news for specific station schedules.
Hello from Hubway.
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 18, 2013, and the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th.
“When will my station close for the year?”
We’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page and twitter profile. We will not send email alerts for each station, so make sure to check those sites for the latest info, and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite Hubway station. We are going to keep the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 27th, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for 1.5 million rides… and counting!
The Team at Hubway
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Hubway is going to try to stay open as long as they can this year, and just installed 11 new stations!
Just look at all them green dots! (the yellow are the new ones, and the grey planned, click here for interactive map)
From their email:
When you live in New England, you get used to feeling like it’s always about to snow. But with weather like we’ve been having lately, along with recent station expansion throughout the metro-Boston area, we’re excited about riding as far into Fall as we possibly can. See below for events this month in each of the towns and cities that make up Hubway. We invite you to post your Hubway pics to show us where you’re riding this month.
This past week, 11 new stations launched throughout the system, including the first ever Hubway stations in Jamaica Plain and expanding deeper into Southie and Charlestown! Riders were excited, and some were even moved to tears. Here’s a list of the new stations:
JP Monument – South Street @ Centre Street
JP Centre – Centre Street @ Myrtle Street
Hyde Square @ Barbara Street
Egleston Square @ Columbus Ave
South Boston Library – 646 East Broadway
View the entire Hubway station map here.
for up to the minute system information and bike/dock availability.
Tags: extended hours, hubway, more stations
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People hem and haw, but this system is getting bigger, its expanding into more areas, and people are using it in record numbers. It might not be happening as fast as we like it, or in all the neighborhoods we want it in, but it IS happening.
With a prominent mayoral candidate from Dorchester in the news we can only hope that the cities largest neighborhood will be at the top of the list for next year.
Hubways are reliable forms of public transportation, and its vital all areas of the Boston metro area have access to them.
From The City:
New Hubway Stations – Installs Start This Week!
This week more New Balance Hubway stations start coming to:
W Broadway - W Broadway/Dot Ave
S Boston Library - 646 E Broadway
* Pending 2 stations at Design Center
Egleston Sq - Columbus/ Washington
Hyde Square - Centre St/ Barbara St
JP Monument - Centre St/South St
JP Center - Centre St / Myrtle St
*Pending Jackson Square, Green Street, Forest Hills
Hayes Square - Bunker Hill St / Vine St, Charlestown
Milk St - Milk St / India St, Downtown
BIDMC (3rd station) - Brookline/
Columbia Road - Mass Ave / Columbia Rd, Dorchester
Charles St - Charles St / Beacon St, Beacon Hill
*Pending Upham’s Corner
Special thanks to Department of Conservation and Recreation and the MBTA for supporting stations on their property.
$5 Subsidized Hubway Memberships available to
Boston residents who are receiving public
New Bike Maps Order your free bike map today. To get your map, email your name and address to: [email protected].
Tags: awesome, getting bigger, hubway
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The city is offering the following deal. Which makes Hubway one of these cheapest ways to get around for low income people in this city, and healthy to boot!
The City of Boston offers $5 annual Hubway memberships to residents of Boston who are receiving public
assistance or have low incomes. Thesememberships also includes a free helmet. For more information, visit: http://www.bostonbikes.org/ programs/subsidized-hubway- memberships/
Contact Najah Shakir at 617-918-4343 to see if you qualify or for more information.
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The city wants to know, from their website:
We will be installing 20 new Hubway stations before the end of the fall! Over the next 1.5 weeks please visit courbanize.com to give us your feedback about the proposed locations in South Boston, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester, and Charlestown.
For stations in South Boston visit: http://courbanize.com/project/23/
For stations in Jamaica Plain/Dorchester/Roxbury visit: http://courbanize.com/project/22/
For stations in Charlestown visit: http://courbanize.com/project/21/
All feedback is greatly appreciated!
Personally I vote for simultaneously expanding into Dorchester, JP, and Camber-vill, while at the same time increasing density in the core area. A slow steady outward expansion in all directions, combined with in-fill to make the system rock solid.
Tags: City of Boston, hubway, poll
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A while ago I estimated that Hubway would break 1 million rides sometime this summer, and turns out I was right. Got this in the email today:
Hubway is celebrating two years and 1 Million completed rides!
In July of 2011, we proudly launched Hubway with 610 bikes and 61 stations spread throughout Boston. Since then, we’ve expanded our footprint into Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, nearly doubling the number of bikes and stations, and attracting the interest and support of a growing mass of enthusiastic riders along the way.
After two years and more than one million rides, we’re humbled and excited by the way members like you have embraced the concept of urban bicycle sharing. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, together, we’re actively transforming the way we live, work, and play in our fair cities.
Looking for proof? Check out these impressive numbers. Together, we’ve:
- Ridden nearly 1.1 million miles
- Burned more than 40 million calories
- Reduced our carbon footprint by 285 tons
To celebrate, you’re invited to join us at the upcoming Artcrank Boston event, a bicycle themed art exhibit and benefit for our friends at Livable Streets Alliance. Enjoy original bicycle art, soft drinks, beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing, and the chance to mingle with bike enthusiasts just like you. Hubway is proud to support our local artists. When you purchase a poster, we’ll say thanks with a special gift – just flash your Hubway key at checkout to receive it. Additional event details are below, so hop on a Hubway and head on over! We hope to see you there.
Sincere thanks for all the great support and feedback these last two years. No one could have predicted the success that bike sharing has had in Metro-Boston, and you should be proud of what you have helped Hubway accomplish. Our expansion will continue through the summer, so keep your Hubway key handy and join us as we #BikeToTheFuture.
Your Hubway Team
Fourth Wall Project
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