Note added today: I wanted to ride part of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, as much as I could in a two hour rental at least. I had to start from Alewife, because that's where the nearest Blue Bikes bicycle dock is. As it turned out I could have gone much farther than four miles from Alewife, but I got cold and rode back home to get warmer clothes.
The bicycle is heavy and only has three gears, so it is pretty slow. However, I didn't mean that as a criticism: it's really durable and solid, as it's meant to be. It's great for riding on the flat, or on gentle grades like the Bikeway.
Aside from riding out to Lexington and back, I also rode the length of the Fitchburg Cutoff Path into Belmont and back, and the whole Somerville Community Path and back. I'd wanted to ride all of these paths because I'd walked them all in the past, although in the case of the Fitchburg Cutoff Path it was before it was improved into the state it is in today.
This was fun and I'd recommend it to anyone who lives near the bikepath network. Some care is required crossing Mass Av. at Arlington Center and at Cameron Av. in Cambridge, as well as crossing Davis Square in Somerville, but aside from that it's quite isolated from vehicle traffic. Aside from having to cross some side streets what you contend with while biking is pedestrians and rollerbladers.
The Fitchburg Cutoff Path in particular was very lightly used that day. Traffic on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway got sparser as I went west.
Mostly I wish for bikes to be available farther out along the bikeway. However, the agreement that Blue Bikes has signed with the cities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville means that their bike docks are only found in those cities. Unless and until other cities join that agreement, Blue Bike docks will not appear there.
However, the bikeshare docks are not the only way to do bikeshare. This leads to my next post.