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Baby It’s Cold Outside! (Book Give Away Mini Contest)

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 06

 

Brrrrrrrrrr!  Damn its cold out!  But that didn’t stop the dozens and dozens of cyclists I saw this morning from getting out there and riding.  Sure they probably are not going for leisure rides, but they are out there and they looked happy!

In the interest in getting rid of a bunch of cycling books I have, and in giving you all something to read while you wait for it to warm up I am going to have a mini-contest.

MINI CONTEST RULES!

The first 6 people to either send me a picture of themselves dressed in their full winter riding garb ([email protected]), or link to a picture of themselves in full winter riding garb in the comments gets a free random cycling book.  The books range from fitness books, to novels, to coffee table books, the names will be put in a hat and hat science used to determine who gets what book.

I will be posting the pictures here, so everyone can see what total awesome bad asses you are 🙂


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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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BikeyFace On WGBH!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 06

An excellent piece on winter riding.  I see Bekka about every three days on my way to work.  Its a nice part of my day to see the same cyclists on a daily/semi-daily basis.

She shows just how easy it is to get to work, even in the winter!


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Winterize Your Bike Workshop TONIGHT!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 21

Just got this, looks like it could be a good time:

 

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Winter is Coming! Prepare by cleaning off the autumn leaves, pumping those tires, and lubing up that chain so you’re ready for the frost season with a finely tuned machine. We’ll cover the basics of bike cleaning and preventative maintenance, and we’ll cover a wide range of topics; from what tires work best in the snow to the best types of home-made fenders to keep that slush off your back. You really can be an all-season rider with the right tips.

Workshop is FREE and OPEN TO ALL, at the Harvard Ed Portal. 175 N Harvard St in North Allston. from 5:30-7pm.

See you there! Bring your bikes, we’re going to get hands-on!

 


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Wake Up Hubway! Cambridge Stations To Run YEAR ROUND!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 20

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!

 

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HUBWAY TO PILOT YEAR-ROUND OPERATIONS IN CAMBRIDGE
Cambridge-based stations will remain available through the winter
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:

 

WEAR LAYERS
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.

 

STAY VISIBLE

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.


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Relevant Re-post: Winter Riding Tips

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 02

Its cold, you’re cold, but the riding continues!

 

Winter Riding

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside, Whats Your Winter Gear Setup?

 

Winter Inspiration

 

Boston Bikers Braving The Brisk Breeze (Winter Riding Pics!)

 

 

 


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Winter Events At Ferris Wheels

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 21

Free Winter Riding Clinic

Don’t let winter weather knock you out of your saddle. Come talk to seasoned bike commuters to hear how you, too, can keep riding year-round! Join us at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop (66 South Street, JP) on Thursday, November 29, at 7:00pm.

Staff with decades of experience riding year-round will lead this interactive clinic. Come with questions!

Trainer Nights Return

Break out your road bike and join us for a fun evening group “ride” in the shop, Tuesday nights starting after Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 27, 7:00-9:00pm. Check our calendar for upcoming dates or give us a call.

People on trainers in the shop.

Feb. 2011 trainer ride at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop

This is a free trainer ride with training videos and movies. Bring your own trainer or try one of ours.

SPACE IS LIMITED! PLEASE RSVP for each week to [email protected] or call the shop at 617-524-BIKE (2453). Let us know if you need to borrow a trainer.

Shop Local in JP with Boston Beans

Ferris Wheels Bike Shop and Fresh Copy are participating in the JP NET’s experiment to encourage holiday shopping at locally-owned Jamaica Plain businesses.

JP NET hosts a potluck on Tuesday, November 27, 6:30-9:00pm at the Nate Smith House (155 Lamartine St, JP) to kick off the Boston Beans program. Click here for the facebook event.

At this potluck, JP NET will be handing out $5-equivalent Boston Bean slips. You can pick up one per person and spend them at local participating businesses. Read more about Boston Beans on JP Patch.


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Hubway Shutting Down Soon, But There Is Still Plenty Of Time To Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 15

From the email:

 

Dear Hubway Member, It’s Almost That Time…

 

The low-hanging sun on the horizon and leafless trees throughout town are both indicators that the Hubway 2012 season is coming to a close. As we did last year, our pack-up plan consists initially of a phased drawdown of our on-street stations and those stations with expiring permits. This will begin on Monday, November 19th and continue through our last day of operation on Wednesday, November 28th. The system shuts down completely at 11:59pm that day, and we then collect the rest of the stations and bicycles as quickly as we can to beat the arrival of old man winter.

 

Hubway will provide 48 hours notice preceding the take down of each station.  This information will be posted to our News page, Facebook page and Twitter feed to allow you time to make alternate transit plans.  Please visit us often and stay informed on our system shut-down progress.

Between now and then there is still plenty of time to ride, so get out there and log those last few trips of the season and help us get to 700,000 rides! (As of today, we’re up to 654,971 rides!)

 

Thanks to you, Hubway has emerged in its second year of operations as a critical piece of the transit network here in metro-Boston and one of the most successful bikeshare systems in the world. We are #realtransportation, we are Hubway.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Council Unanimously Approves Lower Speed Limit, Now Goes To Mayor For Approval April 27, 2016
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    • Report From The Lowering The Speed Limit Public Hearing April 25, 2016
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    • Rozzie Bikes Repair Day May 14th April 25, 2016
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    • April Ghouls Day Ride April 30th! April 25, 2016
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    • America’s Absurd Fascination With Cars April 14, 2016
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    • Boston City Council Hearing On Lower Speed Limits In Boston April 8, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email.  Very interesting proposal!  If we really could make speeding enforcement and lowering speeds a priority we would be much better off.   ————————– On April 20th there will be a hearing on Councilor Frank Baker’s … Continue reading →
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    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
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    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
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