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05 June 2013 @ 08:55 am
I've been seeing those Hubway bikes and stations around and been kind of curious about them, but hadn't quite gotten over the startup energy hump to try them on my own when, a couple of weeks ago, moominmolly and I were hanging out and it made sense to get a couple to get from here to there. It was kind of great! And so incredibly handy to have an easy one-way trip. Suddenly, the pricing scheme for them seemed completely ideal, and there are stations in/near a bunch of the places I go.

So, I sprang (sprung? springed?) for an annual membership! The key arrived while I was in California, so this is the first week I've had it, and it's super great. I got one for my trip home from redheadedmuse's house last night -- there's a station 3 blocks from her house and another 3 blocks from mine. It worked! And I even saw miss_chance and totient on my way home!

And then this morning, I was planning to take my regular bus, but the timing wasn't going to work for my early morning meeting, so instead, I grabbed a bike from Union Square and biked to Harvard Sq, where I caught my office shuttle.

YOU GUYS. This is amazing! The convenience of an easy ONE WAY ride is incredible, and it means that I don't have to plan ahead and have my bike, or figure out how to store my bike if it only make sense to bike one way on any given day. There are stations in a whole bunch of the places that I'm likely to travel, and two stations near my house, in opposite directions. And the bikes are in good repair, are the style I like (upright, comfortable), and have good lights and a place to strap in a bag.

Next step: figure out how to get a station at my office.
I'm feeling: happy!
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on June 5th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)

*sigh* Just another innocent dupe of the all-powerful bike lobby and their totalitarian "sharing".

I thought I was your town bicycle...
ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on June 5th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
Hey, man, I'm as poly as the next girl. I thought you were, too?
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on June 5th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)

Right, so, get on this bike and ride!

ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on June 5th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Co-conspirator of Squee: fairymuffyjo on June 6th, 2013 12:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, that video...I couldn't watch it. "I represent the majority"...um, as a former New Yorker...no, she doesn't. And I love the lead in with the bicyclists being hit...long before the program this was still a daily event in NYC, it's just finally getting press.

Wow. So glad I left that place.
Mizarchivist: Bike wheelmizarchivist on June 5th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Nice. I've been curious about them, but overall my default setting is to take my bike during my commute. It might be a nice option for when my parents visit and we need more bikes for an afternoon.
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on June 5th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
They actually wouldn't be good for afternoon-long outings. The pricing is very much geared toward short trips -- once you have a membership (for a day, 3 days, a month, a year), as many 30 minute trips in that time frame as you want are free, an hour is $1.50, and then the HOURLY rate goes way way up pretty quickly from there.
Mizarchivist: Huhmizarchivist on June 5th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh, ok.
Chipceo on June 5th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to keep a spare helmet at work for days when I couldn't bike in for whatever reason but want to bike home (or when the Red Line is upgefukt).
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on June 5th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
This is a good idea!

I'm actually willing to ride without a helmet, but I obviously prefer not to, and planning ahead to have a couple of extra helmets in places I'm likely to up and decide I want to get a hubway bike is a great way to maximize helmet time.
phi: biketotient on June 5th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I love that Hubway has gotten dense enough to be useful, and I loved seeing you out on one as proof of that. The one way thing is so key. And the bike is so well suited to you that it took me a bit to realize it was a Hubway and not some nice new bike you'd gotten for yourself.

Edited at 2013-06-05 04:01 pm (UTC)
ruthless compassion: squee!aroraborealis on June 5th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the combination of density of stations and one-way is MAGIC. I see myself replacing a lot of my bus rides with Hubway this summer, which is pretty awesome.
Minerva: wapsiminerva42 on June 5th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
I've been on several dates, at this point, where I biked from work and the reasonable way to get home from Kendall/Boston was by bike. So said dates have taken Hubway bikes to get back to Somerville. It's been a big convenience for me, and I haven't even ridden one.
Brother Claymore of Desirable Mindfulnesslifecollage on June 6th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Right. I've been staring at the station directly in front of the library in Copley Square since it went in. Time to get myself a membership.

Glad you're loving it, and thanks for the inspiration!
Doug Orleans: DOUGdougo on June 6th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
Last summer they put a station in Powderhouse Circle, i.e. just steps from my home, so I had to give it a try. And yep, it's everything you say-- very convenient. Unfortunately my workplace is more than a 30-minute ride so I can't commute without paying a fee for every ride, but today I biked to Kendall Sq and took the T in from there. Didn't save me any time but at least I got exercise on a beautiful day...
Co-conspirator of Squee: fairymuffyjo on June 6th, 2013 11:58 am (UTC)
I love the idea and am so glad it's being adopted! Go you!
Co-conspirator of Squee: bicyclemuffyjo on June 6th, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, my Zeus! If I got the job that has been hunting me...I could get a hubway membership, pick up a bike at Davis and drive it to North Station. And if I didn't want to bike home...could take the T. Oh...this could be marvelous!

Edited at 2013-06-06 12:05 pm (UTC)