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There are 12 comments on Test-Driving Hubway

  1. Hi Leslie,
    Great review of the hubway. I cannot understand why they did not put stations along Beacon Street in Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, and Cleveland Circle. Is it because the first two are in Brookline.

    1. Hi Zvi,

      Thanks. According to Nicole Freeman, Boston’s director of bike programs, Hubway looked at citywide bike usage and placed stations near high-use zones. I also know they plan to install more stations before the end of this season. So, who knows, the sites you listed may be the home of future stations.

  2. I love the idea of these bikes. I think it’s great for tourism here in Boston and a great way to encourage more physical activity in all. However, I think Hubway should add a few “biking rules” to their kiosks. Bicycles are vehicles, therefore they are require to follow the same rules as cars and trucks on the roads. When riding a bike, one DOES NOT ride INTO traffic, but follows the flow of traffic (unlike walking) and riding on the sidewalk is inconsiderate and unnecessary with all the bike lanes throughout Boston. Ride smart, renters.

    1. Good point -and another rule that apparently needs to be painstakingly drilled into the heads of all cyclists out there is STOPPING AT RED LIGHTS and STOP SIGNS.

      The past 2 days in a row, I’ve narrowly missed being hit crossing Comm Ave @ St Mary’s St by cyclists who don’t stop for red lights. I waited until the light turned red and the Walk signal came on, yet a streams of cyclists just kept speeding along as if the red light didn’t pertain to them. If I hadn’t looked, there was a good chance I would have been hit, AND I was walking across the street with 5-10 other people.

      None of them stopped for us. We had to stand in the middle of the crosswalk and let them all go as if THEY had the right of way…

      WTF!!! You are a vehicle on the road, just as a car, motorcycle, or scooter, and you are supposed to obey those laws. If any of those cyclists had hit me, it WOULD and COULD have hurt me, they absolutely WOULD have been at fault and I ABSOLUTELY wouldn’t have let you get away with it legally, if only to prove the point and make your life and wallet a bit miserable.

      I’m not trying to discriminate or stereotype, but the offenders on these past two days have all been very young, so maybe it’s to do with the start of the semester. Cyclists should always heed red lights and give pedestrians the right of way when they have it, but especially along Comm Ave and the BU campus, those are all busy intersections with a lot of pedestrians.

      WAKE UP and obey the rules of the road like you’re supposed to.

      1. Yes, many cyclists out there do not necessarily follow the rules of the road, I give you that. And I certainly cannot stand cyclists who are too scared or nervous to ride in the street and therefore ride on the sidewalk.

        However, it is also your responsibility as a pedestrian to ALWAYS look before walking out into the street, whether you have a walk sign or not. If we’re talking about ignorant young people here, yell at the pedestrians who blatantly walk directly in front of both bikes and cars against their Walk signal. Not only is it illegal to cross without a signal (or where there aren’t even crosswalks), but it’s much, much easier for a pedestrian to pause mid-stride than it is for a bike (who usually does still have the right of way) to stop. And believe me, if a bike where to hit a pedestrian, the physical damage to the cyclist will be much greater than to the pedestrian.

        The point is, the Hubway system is a great addition to the city, but it does mean many more inexperienced cyclists on the road, which means EVERYONE has to pay even more attention (or even the tiniest bit to begin with) when traversing the city.

  3. I’m curious if you can explain the “Two Concurrent Bikes” thing. Why couldn’t you take out a third bike at the Public Garden if you had already returned your previous 2 bikes and had a 24 hour pass?

    1. Good question. That’s what I thought too, and is how the system should work. You should have unlimited bike rides for a 24-hour period. The customer service rep fixed whatever wasn’t working on my account to continue renting bikes. It was an error on their end.

    2. I’m a pedestrian who has had it with bad bicyclists, and I take issue with your telling pedestrians that THEY are responsible when crossing the street for making sure that bicyclists aren’t running red lights, as if the problem was a “shared” one that “all” must solve. Baloney. If a robber breaks into your house, are you at fault because you didn’t buy stronger locks, meaning that both the robber and you are at fault? If a doctor screws up during surgery, was it your responsibility to have checked her safety record first, meaning that both of you are to blame for your situation? When you as a driver get a green light at an intersection, do you step on the gas and drive, or do you sit there for a few seconds to make sure that another driver or bicyclist isn’t coming in the distance to run the red light? I use cross walks, wait for walk lights, look to my left and right before crossing, and fast moving bicyclists STILL come out of freaking thin air and cut me off. And what of the handicapped, the elerly, the hard of seeing and the blind? How are THEY supposed to check before crossing for idiots in their paths?

      Yes, there are many dopey pedestrians out there, but this article is about bicyclists. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve read comments from bicyclists who respond to bad bicyclist criticism with things like “But pedestrians are bad too!” have you ever been hit by a bicyclist while walking? I have, and I can assure you that I suffered more than he did.

      1. Oh, I forgot: some bicyclists will ride between the curb and a parked bus that’s discharging passengers. Are the passengers supposed to look both ways before getting off the bus? I thankfully had a driver yank me back INTO the bus, because he saw a bicyclists coming in his mirror.

        1. You can’t just target bikers and not mention pedestrians or motorists who also break rules or make mistakes. If you do that you’re not telling the whole story. Whether you like it or not, all share the same space, all endlessly break traffic laws, and all should be held responsible – not just bikers.

          I’m not justifying bad behavior or breaking laws, there is just more that contributes to making Comm Ave dangerous.

  4. “Bikes go on the other side”. It sounds a bit like you were heading the wrong way, which would have been very foolish. However, I think you are referring to the stretch of Comm Ave in Back Bay where the cycle lane is to the left of unrestricted lanes. I assume you were in the unrestricted lanes on the right?

    If so, the (rather rude) driver was wrong. In MA you don’t have to use the cycle lanes unless you wish to do so. In your case (going all the way downtown) it would have made sense to use them, but if you were turning right then it would not have.

    1. You’re right, I was entering Back Bay and the bike lane switched to the left side of the road. I’d never experienced that one before, but will keep my eyes open next time.

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