Sports Department

What I Learned Riding 26.2 Miles at Midnight

The Starting Line

I rode the rails, then the route. Last night’s Midnight Marathon was a fantastic experience, and one that offered a few life lessons. Thanks to Steve Annear’s ride tip last week, I was able to grab one of the limited tickets on the Hogwarts Express MBTA commuter rail that ran straight to Southborough, a few miles from the marathon’s starting line in Hopkinton.

Riding with a buddy, the 26 miles and 385 yards took us two hours and 15 minutes, including several stops. No flat tires, no broken spokes, no missed trains (despite it being very crowded). I learned about the Boston Cyclists Union and discussed improvements to the Southwest Corridor (more to come on this in a future post).

But most importantly there were life lessons, shared here on an epic day known for testing one’s boundaries, strengths, and general life comportment.

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Transportation and the T

Hubway Spotted. Get Excited.

Despite the snow flurries weird white rain falling outside, I spy a hint of spring on Boston’s streets.

Hubway, the immensely popular bike sharing service that serves Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, has commenced the rollout of its modular stations on city streets, despite the cold weather. Hubway’s website remarks an official 2013 launch is “soon”, but also that we may see riders navigating city streets as soon as late March. The service closed for the season at the end of November 2012.

Now entering it’s second full season (2011 was a trial run), Hubway’s green and chrome stations are as welcome a sight of spring as tulips sprouting on the Public Garden.

Besides today, that is. Hubway’s twitter account states no additional stations will be installed today due to the weather, but we’re sure to spot more over the next couple weeks.

NO STATIONS GOING OUT TODAY. This falls into the "weather depending" part of our launch date. @ @ @
Inman Square, Neighborhoods, Transportation and the T

Hubway Comes to Inman and I’m Not Happy

Boston is a city that embraces cyclists.

And I am proud to live in a city like that.

But there is a point where I draw the line. Last week I wandered through the park that is the center of Inman Square, the neighborhood that I live and have grown to love in the last couple of years and I saw what I considered an abomination. Hubway, the bike-sharing program (more info here) that Boston has embraced, was setting up a station in the middle of Inman.

And I wept a little inside.

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