Hubway To Expand Next Year

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 28

Seems the Hubway sharing program was so successful, that Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville are getting stations next year.

Woo! And this after everyone thought the streets would run red with the blood of a thousand dead hubway cyclists…seems that Boston city streets are not too rough and tumble for cyclists after all. We have a long way to go…but we are heading in the right direction.

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After recording 140,000 trips in four months, Boston’s European-style bicycle-sharing system is expanding across the Charles River, with stations planned for Cambridge and Somerville after a winter hiatus.

The 60-station, 600-bike Hubway system will shut down Wednesday night and reopen in March, weather permitting, when it will quickly expand – adding 30 stations and roughly 300 bicycles beyond Boston’s borders.

Cambridge officials said they hope to concentrate 20 stations in the most densely populated swaths of their city, and Somerville expects to usher in eight stations.

Back on the Boston side of the Charles, Brookline is working on two stations it hopes to open soon after the Cambridge and Somerville expansion.

“The number one question I get in my office overall is, ‘When is Hubway coming to Brookline?’ ’’ said Jeff Levine, director of planning and community development in Brookline, which intends to introduce stations at Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village.(via)


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9 Responses to “Hubway To Expand Next Year”

  1. By B on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why are they shutting down Hubway already? The system was designed by the city of Montreal, and they use it year-round. If they can use it in Canada year-round, why can’t Boston?

    Why are Cambridge and Brookline getting Hubway stations before JP, Roxbury, and Dorchester? How about some Hubways in Mattapan, hmmm?

    It’s bad enough that those neighborhoods are underserved by transit systems…gotta give them the shaft on bike transit, too?

  2. By William on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Bummer about JP and Dorchester. Good for Brookline and Somerville. I guess it helps being an independent entity instead of having to wait on Boston city hall.

    Also Hubway closes for the winter because the city and dcr wont make the commitment to properly clear the bike lanes and paths of snow.

  3. By cris on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    B — the Bixi system in Montreal also shuts down for the winter. They have the same problem as Boston in that it’s difficult to keep the spaces clear when snow comes. I don’t know where you got the idea that it runs year round.

  4. By Boston Biker on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    B, have you considered that from a business aspect having bike share in dorchester, mattapan, and JP might be more difficult. There is less tourist density, less infrastructure, and in general are more residential/less “destination oriented” areas. These neighborhoods are undeserved, this is true, but if the Hubway system is thriving in most areas, they can then afford to expand to areas that might be more of a gamble.

    I am sometimes overwhelmed by how much people in this area complain. Complain before it starts, complain once its put in, complain when it gets bigger, I am sure once it comes to mattapan you will bitch about how the bikes are not in the right spot and there are not enough of them…

    Long story short, get over it.

  5. By Iretk on Oct 1, 2013 | Reply

    Hubway is a scam!!

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