Back in black: New commemorative Hubway bike arrives at South Station

Hubway docks its “1 Million Rides’’ commemorative bicycle at South Station Tuesday morning.
Hubway docks its “1 Million Rides’’ commemorative bicycle at South Station Tuesday morning.

There’s a new ‘it’ bike in town, and today, it hit the streets of Boston.

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of Hubway bike-share, along with the program’s one-millionth ride, Hubway officials released a special commemorative bike Tuesday morning that strikes a look that’s different from its old-school counterparts.

Black, it seems, is the new silver.

In addition to the suave color, the bike carries a special message on its rear fender: “1 Million Rides! And counting …’’

The bike was first docked Tuesday at South Station, but Brooke Savage, a South End resident designated as Hubway’s one-millionth rider, quickly laid claim to the bicycle and decided to take it for a spin to another station.


Local transportation officials hope the bike will be a hot ticket for commuters, and a source of excitement for people who spot the unusual member of the Hubway fleet in stations around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline — kind of like being handed a two-dollar bill with change at the grocery store.

“It’s going to be a special sought-after bike,’’ said Bill Deignan, transportation program manager for the city of Cambridge. “People will see it and be happy they saw the bike there, and they’re going to want to take it.’’

In the two years since Hubway’s debut, the system has logged more than 1.1 million miles ridden between the 113 stations located throughout the metro Boston area.

In the next few weeks, Hubway will be adding 20 more stations, which will be located in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, South Boston, and north Dorchester.

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