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Hubway Bike Share gets rolling in Boston

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On Thursday, July 29th the city of Boston rolled out its 600 New Balance Hubway bikes from forty bike stations around the city. Over the next several months twenty more stations are expected to open.

To quote Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino “The car is no longer king in Boston” he went on to say “Boston Bike Share represents how far we have shifted in our thinking about transportation in our city”

The Hubway Bike stations locations are; City Hall Plaza at Government Center, near the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, Prudential Center, Downtown Crossing (Arch Street), South Station, the Seaport District, Kenmore Square, Roxbury, the South End, Longwood Medical and Boston Medical areas, Allston and Brighton. There should be at least ten or more bikes per station. Go to www.thehubway.com click on “station map” to find exact locations.

Here’s how it works, credit/debit cards only, the cost is $5 per day, free trips are 30-minutes or less with no extra charge for returning the bike to another station, bike helmets, which are required, are $10 per rental. Annual membership is $85, a three-day membership is $12 with 24-hour memberships costing $5. Each station is equipped with solar powered touch screen kiosks, just swipe your card and go.

This new bike share program promises to help alleviate the city’s traffic problems. Boston is a very compact city, let’s hope the program works because, as many of us who live and work here know, and visitors find out, not only is driving difficult in Boston, parking is abysmal. Parking garages and lots are expensive, and meters are two hours only after which you have to move the vehicle or else the city will ticket and tow.

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