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Hubway extends winter cycling season

The bike-sharing system will remain open through December, and will reopen in March.

Cyclists willing to brave the cold can look forward to a new winter Hubway schedule that extends the bike-sharing season by two months.

Hubway systems in Boston, Brookline and Somerville will operate through December, then will reopen in March, according to a report by the Boston Globe.

Previously, those cities have closed the systems between Thanksgiving and April.

Last year, Cambridge experimented with keeping the stations open through the entire winter. Cambridge is reportedly still in negotiations for winter service this year.

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Hubway officials have said snow removal is the biggest obstacle to year-round service, but they hope to eventually keep the entire Boston-area system open year-round.

The Boston Cyclists Union has said it will host a series of "winter socials" meant to prepare local bike enthusiasts for winter weather cycling.

The first social will be held Thursday at Hub Bicycle in Cambridge.

 
 
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