Boston is certainly making headlines when it comes to how affordable, convenient and down right fun and enjoyable it is to travel around this beautiful city and its surroundings. The cycling industry has taken off with the increasingly popular Hubway starting its bike sharing program only just last summer. Furthermore, of March 15th 2012 the revolutionary firm brought their bicycles back to the city and reopened for business after being closed for the winter months. These transformations to the way in which Bostonians and visitors alike weave in and out of the Hub by cycling caught the attention of NBC News who ranked Boston as #2 nationwide for cycling.
It was not long ago in 2007 when there were only sixty yards of official bicycle lanes within the city limits. Now, largely due to the efforts of Mayor Thomas M. Meninos Boston Bikes Initiative, there are over fifty miles (52.2 miles to be exact) of bicycle lanes all throughout the area. This indeed is something that Hubway was highly aware of as this year they have announced their plans to expand to areas of Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Boston Proper. Currently there are over 850 bike racks holding 2,500 cycles involved in the Hubway program and allow individuals to enjoy a unique, Green and healthy way to explore the city be it for commuting to work or strictly for pleasure.
Even though the city of Austin ranked as the number one city across the country for cyclists, it was not long ago in February of 2012 when Boston was ranked as the best city for both walking and cycling combined according to the 2012 Benchmark Report. During times when transportation options are expensive or parking is at a shortage, choosing alternative means that even improve ones health like cycling is something that we should all consider. Due to these accolades, it undoubtedly is a proud time to be living in The Greater Boston Area!
More Information: NBC News