"Real Transportation" by Joseph Borkowski. Photo: Hubway
A bike design contest spanning Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville is close to adding a unique new design to Hubway's fleet of more than 1,300 bikes.
Last month, Hubway asked Bostonians to show what inspires them to ride the bicycle-sharing system everyday by entering their design ideas in the #HubwayEveryday Bike Design Contest.
Now, Hubway has narrowed down its five top picks, and the company is asking the public to weigh in on the winning design.
Designers were asked to submit their visual design ideas without altering the hardware and functionality of the bike. The five finalist designs include tributes to the Charles River and Boston's patriotic history as well as an "Everyday Waterbike" honoring the city's many waterfront attractions.
The winning design will be turned into a limited edition, one-of-a-kind, "unicorn" Hubway bike that will hit the streets this fall. Voting will run through Sept. 9. and can be done online at www.thehubway.com.
Those who vote are in the running to win a free annual Hubway membership, which typically costs $85, while the winning designer will get their bike design entered into the fleet with their @twitter handle included as well as the opportunity to be the first to ride it.