Are you aching to take a summer evening spin along the Charles, but simply don’t have room to store a bike in your Boston condo? Tired of the costly, congested commute across town in a cab? Bored by the lunch options near your office, but just don’t have the time to travel any further for a quick bite? There is a solution! Boston’s New Balance Hubway bike share system has revolutionized how Bostonian’s travel while providing a healthy, fun, environmentally-friendly way to get around town.
Quickly becoming a staple of Boston life, Hubway’s bike transit network is convenient and simple to use. With over 100 stations and 1,100 shared bikes available three seasons of the year throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, it’s the perfect way to reduce your commute time, meet friends for lunch, or discover exciting things to do in downtown Boston.
Here are a few tips on how the bike share program works:
- Choose between an annual membership ($85) – a great value in my opinion, a monthly membership ($20), a 24-hour access pass ($6), or a three-day pass ($12). Each membership level includes unlimited rides less than thirty minutes in duration. Longer rides will incur additional usage fees. Some employers offer special rates via corporate memberships, too.
- Pick up and return your bike to any of the city’s Hubway stations. There are stations that serve 64 different bus routes, the commuter rail, ferry docks, and every line on the T.
- Bikes are always maintained, easy to ride and adjust to fit all sizes
- Bikes are moved throughout the day to balance commuting and usage patterns, so a bike should be available when you need it.
- Follow all city traffic laws, and adhere to safety guidelines, including the recommended use of a helmet.
Many of the Hubway stations are conveniently located near public transportation, Boston’s universities and medical facilities, tourist attractions, shopping and other fun destinations in downtown Boston, as well as in residential neighborhoods and business districts. For many Bostonians as well as commuters and tourists, too, Hubway has provided both transportation and recreation – cheaper and more direct in many cases than the T, better exercise than a cab, often faster than a car during rush hour, and certainly less of a hassle than finding a parking space in Boston. Several of my clients who are exploring Boston condos consider Hubway a viable alternative in addition to the traditional transportation options here. I also find myself pointing out the nearest Hubway stations in addition to the MBTA’s when showing clients around Boston’s neighborhoods.
Clearly, Hubway has become integral to Boston’s transportation system. In fact, earlier this month, Boston’s bike share program hit a landmark of its one-millionth ride since its debut in July 2011. The program’s 8,100 members have collectively ridden 1.1 million miles, burned 40 million calories and offset an estimated 285 tons of carbon dioxide. The city is on board with bicycling infrastructure enhancements, too, ranging from bike lanes and best-practice traffic controls to discussions around the feasibility of operating Hubway through the winter months.
Why not give Hubway a try when commuting on your next casual Friday or running an errand across town?