UPDATE: How will Boston’s new bike-share program benefit you?

Posted on April 21, 2011

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**New Balance Hubway will launch in Boston in July 2011 with 610 bikes and 61 stations. Hubway will later expand into Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline and new locations in Boston

Registration will soon open at www.thehubway.com

 

Boston has just announced its plan to launch a bike- share program called Hubway. By this July there will be 61 stations where residents and visitors can have their pick of 600 bikes. The Boston Globe describes how the program will work:

“Riders must first sign up for memberships — including a liability waiver and a pledge to wear a helmet — on kiosk touch screens, with memberships likely to range from about $5 a day to $85 a year.

Trips shorter than 30 minutes will be free, with incremental charges for longer rides. The city intends to make low-cost helmets available at nearby shops and through a partnership with the antipoverty agency Action for Boston Community Development”

This initiative will bring many benefits to Boston residents. It saves money, keeps you fit, and helps the environment. Biking is a low impact sport that can be done at different levels. It is not only a great option for those who are just starting a fitness routine, but it is also great exercise for more advanced bikers. Take a look at some of the health benefits associated with biking:

  • Increased Fitness – Through cycling, you will be able to increase your heart and lung fitness, as well as your strength and stamina.
  • Weight Loss – The general population of the U.S. is becoming increasingly obese. Cycling is a great way to help lose weight. You will burn fat as you cycle, which will help you look and feel better.
  • Stress Reduction – Exercise in general has been shown to decrease anxiety and stress levels, and bicycling is a fun way to exercise. Keeping yourself out of traffic jams will also help in reducing stress.
  • Heart Benefits – Studies have shown that regular exercise, such as cycling, lowers your risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Lowered Risk of Other Health Problems – In addition to heart disease, regular exercise can also help you to avoid other health problems such as non-insulin dependent diabetes, osteo arthritis and osteoporosis. Exercise also relieves symptoms of depression and increases your mental health.
  • Increased Life Expectancy – The end result of having better health through cycling is that you will live a longer and happier life! (Merced Rides)

Also, always remember to bike safely. Click here for tips on helmet and wheeled sports safety, bicycling rules of the road, and bicycle fit and maintenance.

Don’t forget to keep a lookout for Hubway coming this July! If you would like more resources on biking call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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