The Harvard Square Business Association and Harvard University invite you to join us as we welcome Hubway to Harvard Square on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012. The festivities will start with ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Brookline and Somerville followed by speeches by officials at Cambridge City Hall. A complimentary, light lunch in Harvard Square will be served on Forbes Plaza – in front of the Holyoke Center and Au Bon Pain at 1360 Massachusetts Avenue– from 12:15pm – 1:00pm. Attendees can sample food from Oggi Gourmet, Al’s Harvard Square Café, Finale Desserterie and Bakery, b. good, Au Bon Pain, and Clover while enjoying the musical stylings of Amy Kucharik.
The Hubway Bicycle Share system is now expanding across the Boston region, with new stations coming online in Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, and new areas of Boston this week. When the expansion is complete, Cambridge will have a total of 24 stations; Somerville will have 12; Brookline hopes to have four; and Boston will get an additional 11 stations, bringing its total count to 72. The entire Hubway system will include 111 stations and 1,100 bicycles by the end of the season.
Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis said she hopes people will realize how easy it is to use Hubway to get around Cambridge. “Hubway is yet another way that residents and visitors to our city can explore and enjoy Cambridge with healthy, car-free transportation.”
The Hubway Regional Bike Share system is completely interoperable between municipalities. Users can pick up a bike at one station and return it to another one anywhere in the Hubway network.
In addition, a social media photo contest is encouraging Hubway members and fans to visit new stations throughout the region. Users are invited to take one photo of themselves at a Hubway station in each of the expansion cities – Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, and at any of the new Boston stations – and upload them to Facebook for a chance to win a free Hubway membership.
To enter the contest, photos must be posted on the Hubway Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/hubway or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Four winners will be selected at random, plus a fifth winner will be selected for the most creative photos; winners will receive a one-year Hubway membership.