Hubway will add more than 70 bike-rental stations over the next two years to the 127 it already operates in Boston, under a new contract with the city of Boston, Mayor Walsh's office said today. Read more.
And we suspect what was going through the mind of that truck driver on the Expressway southbound by South Bay this afternoon could be abbreviated "WTF?!?"
The Boston Transportation Department announced today that Hubway will be installing 10 kiosks in East Boston for renting its bicycles.
The department will hold a planning session at 6:30 p.m. on June 30 at the East Boston BPL branch to help figure out exactly where to place the stations.
Sarah Kaney noticed a sad Hubway bike abandoned on the Orange Line this evening.
Now entering its fifth year, the Hubway bike-sharing program reports it will add ten new bike-rental stations in Roxbury and North Dorchester, thanks in large part due to a $525,000 grant from the Barr Foundation.
Hubway announced today its bicycle-rental stations will again remain open this winter in Cambridge - except for the stations at Lafayette Square/Main Street and Dana Park, which will be taken out to let snow plows plow snow.
Around 3:35 p.m., Devin Cole spotted three Hubway riders going against traffic inbound on Storrow Drive, near the River Street Bridge.
Around 7:30, Dan Berlin reported an unusual sight on the turnpike westbound:
Anyone else in Boston see the four people happily riding their Hubway bikes ON THE MASS PIKE?! Yikes.
In e-mail, he explains they look like they got on at Mass. Ave. They were riding in the breakdown lane, at least, he says:
Extra big breakdown these days, thanks to construction. But definitely no breakdown as they approach Cambridge. No helmets either
Hubway reports yesterday marked the first time the bike-sharing service had its bikes taken out for more than 6,000 rides on a single day.
Under a new city program, doctors at Boston Medical Center can now write prescriptions for Hubway memberships, as a low-cost exercise option for low-income residents.
Under Prescribe-a-Bike, patients will pay only $5 for an annual membership in the bike-sharing system, which gets them an unlimited number of 30-minute Hubway rides. Patients also get a free helmet.
It started with a conversation with some of my most passionate supporters (right, Spencer?). It led to legislative number 195173 and, today, it was installed. Yes, Ward 5ers, there is a Hubway Bicycle System for Magoun Square at Trum Field!
Will test winter rentals this winter.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports, becomes part of the story when mayor's office tells it to file an official public-records request for information on just which groups city bike commissars contacted before installing the new stations.
Get rid of these stupid things! They are taking up valuable parking spaces. This is a high traffic area right in front of a busy store and Dunkin Donuts. Someone is going to get hurt! There is a parking lot 50 feet away with an area on the side off of the main street to place these bikes that no one wants to ride.
With Hubway season almost over, you may not get much use out of this, but file it away for the spring: Chris Snyder recently discovered a trick for getting a Hubway bicycle that's stuck in its docking bay.
Sometimes, Hubway bikes refuse to be undocked. The gears on the dock whir for a bit, and then it flashes a red light of failure (not to be confused with an always-on red light that signifies the bike needs to be repaired). But the bike's merely stuck, probably from being improperly docked the last go-around.
And that's not a good thing, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who had trained observers stationed outside Hubway rental kiosks last year.
Some 80% of Hubway users rode with no head protection - a far higher number than non-rental riders - according to their study, printed today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Of course, where some people see an exciting way for Boston to cycle into the 21st century, lawyers see the potential for new business:
Boston's Hubway bike-share system will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the number of cyclists sharing the road with automobiles. Unfortunately, this increase in the volume of cyclists on the road will likely also lead to an increase of bicycle accidents in the City of Boston.
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