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.
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