By Mark Paskowsky
Lately, I’ve been riding Hubway — Boston’s public bike sharing — to work nearly every day. It is very convenient — if you live within its geographic coverage, of course. No need to maintain your bike. No worries about your bike being stolen. No need to lift the old bike from the basement storage closet. No worries about pants getting stuck in the chain. The Hubway bikes solve these problems with its well-designed bikes and easy-to-use bike stations.
One aspect I particularly like is the option to walk partway home and bike the rest of the way. Some days I can’t face the prospect of fighting traffic at rush hour on Boston streets. Often, I walk from work, near Downtown Crossing, to the Hubway bike station at MGH, and ride home to Central Square in Cambridge. And, yes, the Longfellow Bridge is a bumpy ride.
Why ride Hubway? Because it’s fun. A lot more fun than taking the T. Hubway offers a new monthly membership ($20 for the month) to try it out. First half hour of your ride is free with a membership agreement. The $20 fee can be applied to the $85 annual membership should you opt to continue.
Don’t forget to get a helmet (as low as $7.99) from a Hubway vendor, available throughout Boston. And happy riding.
Mark is the Director of Surveillance and Evaluation for the Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Water, Water, Everywhere! posted on Jul 22
By Julia Boland & Terri Mendoza Summer’s finally here, and the temperatures steadily rising, it is important to stay hydrated while soaking up the sun’s rays. Water makes up about 60% of your body weight, so whether you’re riding a bike, playing sports, or …Continue Reading Water, Water, Everywhere!
The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable! posted on Jul 20
Summertime… It’s time for fun in the sun, especially after such a brutal winter! But in addition to fun, summer often brings intense heat waves. According to the CDC, on average, extreme heat causes more U.S. deaths than other natural disasters. Heat safety is clearly …Continue Reading The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable!
Melon Mania posted on Jul 8
Now that we’ve all finally recovered from the historic last winter, we can fully embrace the summer season and all that it has to offer – think farmers’ markets! We now have the option of enjoying time outdoors and checking out all the local produce …Continue Reading Melon Mania