This week I am doing posts on Boston! Since leaving NYC it has become my base so I’ve gotten to know it pretty well. This first post is all about Hubway which is their bike sharing system. It follows the same rules as Citi Bike in NYC and Santander Cycles in London. Hubway is green (colour and environmentally ta da) and features stations all across Boston and the boroughs.
You can get a year membership, monthly, 72 hour or 24 hour access. The prices are pretty reasonable, especially as for most of the winter months it’s impossible to bike due to all the snow. Each time you undock the bike you’ll have thirty minutes to a) complete your trip or b) dock it and get out a new bike and a new half hour. If you go over the time limit then there are various different penalties that get more and more expensive the longer you exceed it (make sense?).
Once you have access with a key or code just pop it in and the bike is yours. They come with baskets in the front for your bags/junk, easy seat adjustment, a kickstand and constantly on lights. They aren’t speed machines but to get from point A to B they work fine. Boston has a pretty great bike path system as well so I never feel unsafe going through the city (but that’s no excuse to not wear a helmet guys).
A godsend is the app as it shows you where stations are and whether there are bikes or not. The stations are very spread out here and therefore cycling to one and then finding it full can be annoying. If it is then you have to cycle to another one that could be ten or so minutes away – aka get the app so you’re not cycling around with your head cut off.
The T (subway system) in Boston is great to get in and out of the centre but when you try to maneuver between say Cambridge, Brookline and Jamaica Plain it can get messy and involve several buses. I tend to use Hubway when I’m making journeys in the outskirts but stick to the T when going downtown as it’s more convenient (and never as crowded as NYC or London).