Thursday, July 28, 2011

Boston bike-sharing program "The Hubway" starts today

Will Bostonians take to the new bike sharing program that launched today? I hope so.

The Boston bike-sharing program called The New Balance Hubway (or The Hubway for short) includes more than 600 bikes in 61 locations through out the city, and for as little as $60.00 (a special introductory rate), one can join "The Hubway" program for one year.

If you are visiting the city and don't want / need an annual membership they have set up 24-hour passes for as little as $5 a day and $12 for a 3-day membership. For those unfamiliar with Boston, fear not, there is only one hill in the entire city (A.K.A. Beacon Hill) making the city relatively bike friendly.

Similar bike-sharing programs exist in many European cities and Boston joins Denver and Minneapolis as the first cities in the US to launch a comprehensive sharing program, but hopefully more cities will follow.

Would you like to learn more about how this program works? Visit The Hubway website "How it Works" page. I've posted an image of where the bike stations are located and for those in downtown, it appears like there are plenty of locations to make this program easy for tourists and residents alike.


Writer said...

We tried this here in Lexington, and it was a great success. Until the end of the season, when all the bikes had disappeared because someone who had "rented" a key, took it upon himself to kidnap all the bikes and hide them in his garage. :(


DeepBlue said...

Montreal has got his on program: the BIXI. It's been working quite well for 3 or 4 years now... not without some little quirks and quarks. It has already reached 2 millions users this summer so far!

Anonymous said...

BIXI runs Hubway as well. And you left out the DC program which opened in 2010, is twice the size of Hubway and has turned out to be incredibly popular.

Blobby said...

I loved Bixi when I was in Montreal. Are they high-performance bikes? No - but it was still the BEST way to see the city.