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Help Hubway Decide Where To Expand Next

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 24

From The City:

Since Hubway’s last expansion in Boston, we’ve received over 33,000 suggestions for station locations. Based on that input and consultation with community-based organizations, we have developed a range of station options for our 2015 expansion. We have focused on options that are close enough to the existing network to ensure the stations will be successful.

Boston Bikes is committed to providing Hubway access in all densely populated neighborhoods and commercial centers of Boston, and we will continue to expand until we reach that goal. For now, we have the capacity to add 15 stations, 10 of which we ask you to help us locate (the other 5 are determined by station sponsors).

Please participate in our brief surveys! We ask that you provide your feedback only for the neighborhoods where you live, work, play, or ride – we’re looking for your local expertise to help shape our plan. Deadline for responses is 8/28/15.

The following map shows all options grouped by geographic area. To see maps of specific neighborhoods and to complete any of the surveys please scroll down or use the following links:


Vote Here

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Hubway Turns 4, Has Logged Over 4.6 Miles In Trips

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 17


If you take the 4 millionth trip you could win a prize!  From Hubway:

Hubway’s launched with 60 stations and 600 bikes throughout Boston, and the first trip was taken on July 28th, 2011. In the last four years we’ve seen expansion to Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, along with an additional 79 stations (139 total) and 700 bikes (1,300 total), with further additions expected later this year along with Hubway’s 4 millionth trip. Check out the fun data graphic — we hope you’ll celebrate with us by taking a ride — and see below for plenty of suggestions for places to pedal. If you#TakeHubway‘s 4 millionth trip, you could win a $250 gift card from New Balance!

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Hubways Are Coming Back!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 10

From Hubway:

“First sign of spring? The return of @Hubway”

“Great news!!”



You’ve been patient. You’ve waited. You’ve stared longingly at the empty stations. Well, your wait is almost over! Consider yourself the first to know: After another successful program of year-round operations in Cambridge, Hubway’s system-wide operations opens for its 5th full season on Friday, April 17th. Click here to read the official press release.


The Hubway team has been busy deploying stations, and nearly 130 stations (out of 140) are expected to be operational by April 17th, with most remaining stations to be rolled out later in the month. Please note: stations along Boylston Street in Brookline and Boston will not be deployed until after the Boston Marathon.


For up-to-the-minute station, bike, and dock availability, use the Spotcycle app, orHubway Tracker if you’re on your desktop computer.


Less than 10 days until the full system is open. Where will you #TakeHubway this season? We’ve included some suggestions below.

Spread the word!

The Team at Hubway


Hubway is hiring!

Click the link below for more details.

For information on all available positions,
please visit Hubway’s jobs page.




Join one of 10 convoys with experienced ride leaders biking in from neighborhoods throughout metro-Boston to Boston City Hall, or simply meet us at City Hall for free food, music, and fun! Plus, local shops will be providing on-site bike exams and tuneups. Registration here for free — it helps to know you’re coming!
The Southwest Corridor Park’s Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) wants your input on strategies to enhance bike-pedestrian culture and promote safety along the pathway. If you use the path, whether occasionally or often; on foot, by bike, or other means; for commuting, recreation, walking, park maintenance, etc., your feedback will help PMAC work toward both long-term and short-term approaches to making sure the Park can support growth and create a positive culture among all the people who use it.
The survey deadline is the end of April.




Out of the Box, a blog from Boston-based The Horn Book publishers, recently compiled a list of children’s and young adult books about bicycles, like the one pictured here by Mark Pett, about a girl hoping to earn enough to buy her own bike… Ah, but there’s a twist!
Even though you have to be at least 16 years old to ride Hubway, we’re betting you have young bike-lovers in your life? What other reason do you need to check these out?
Complete 5 activities/purchases in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) and be entered into a raffle to win GREAT prizes from over 50 Brookline-based businesses (including Hubway)! Complete the entire board and you’ll also be entered to win a special raffle prize!
The game ends April 13th, so get your game board here today & start playing! Enter electronically orsubmit a paper game board, but make sure to read all the rules first!
Sponsored by: The Brookline Chamber of Commerce, Coolidge Corner Merchant’s Association, Washington Square Association, Brookline Local First, & Wellness in the Village.

WHERE TO RIDE? Click for station map. 


2015 LivableStreets Spring Open House, Thursday, 4/9, 5pm, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge. Online registration has closed, but walk-ins & friends are welcome! Join us for food, drink, and conversation at our annual spring open house. Festivities kick off at 5pm & we’ll have a short program at 6:30pm to hear from new staff & board members, get updates on recent work, and get a sneak peek at our 10th Anniversary celebrations and new membership program! Click here for details & more info about Livable Streets.

TransportationCamp New England 2015, Saturday, 4/11, 9am, MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge. Open conversation & collaboration in near-future changes to mobility and transportation, with keynote speaker, former MA Secretary of Transportation, Richard Davey. More info & registration details here.

Wally & Hubway Summer 2013

Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, 4/17, 7:10pm, Fenway Park, Boston. Hubway arrives in Boston just in time for the Red Sox’ first home series of the year! Though a few stations won’t be out until after the Marathon, some nearby stations will be there! Check Spotcycle or the Hubway station map to see up-to-the-minute station, bike, & dock status.
Visit for ticket availability.

Tuesday, 4/21, 6:30-8:30pm, Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting, Somerville City Hall, basement Employee Lounge, 93 Highland Avenue.
Meetings are open to the public, and membership is open to all residents with an interest in helping make Somerville a world-class city for bicycling.
Learn more about the Committee here.

Bike Friday, Friday, April 24th, 6:45-9am. Free, safe guided commuter convoys finishing at Boston City Hall Plaza.
Join a bike commuter convoy from one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Music, free bike tuneups, a chance to learn more about Boston area bicycle social action, and because you rode your bike you’ll get a free breakfast and coffee courtesy of Boloco. Find your convoy route and get more information here.

Walk/Ride Day Challenge, Friday, August 24th, presented by the Green Streets Initiative. Get your workplace to join the Walk/Ride Day Challenge, and go car-free the last Friday of each month. Check-in your commute online to earn benefits for your company, get rewarded with discounts from dozens of retail partners in your area, and win cool prizes for yourself! Celebrate green transportation & enjoy the festival atmosphere by riding in to work, school, & appointments. More about Green Streets Initiative and check-in for your rewards here.

Have an event we should be mentioning in our newsletter?

Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #wheretoride.

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Winter Mega Storm Aught 15 To Close Hubway Stations

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 26

In case you couldn’t figure out from the apocalyptic messages emanating from every media device, its going to snow, a lot, Tuesday.  Stay inside, bust out the trainers, and sweat out some holiday calories while watching a movie, oh also the Hubways will be closed (duh).


From Hubway:


Hello Hubway member,


Due to a Blizzard Warning from the National Weather Service (NWS), Hubway willtemporarily close all stations at 7:00PM on Monday, January 26th, to protect the safety of our members and staff. No bikes can be rented after the temporary closure has begun. Any bikes in use at the time of closure can be returned to any Hubway station with an available dock.

Please note: throughout the day, Hubway field staff will be applying covers to some of the docking points at many stations to protect them from snow accumulation. This will reduce the actual number of docks available in the system and will impact the accuracy of dock availability numbers displayed on Spotcycle and other Hubway-related apps.


We expect Hubway to remain closed for the duration of the NWS Blizzard Warning and thereafter until conditions have improved. Annual and monthly members will be informed of re-opening plans via email. Closure and re-opening information will also be posted to the Hubway website, Facebook, and Twitter.


If you have any questions, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929). The Hubway Severe Weather Closure Policy can be found here.


Thank you for your cooperation,


The Team at Hubway

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Hubway Ready To Close Boston Stations For The Winter

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 30

Even though its been another one of those spooky warm winters, Boston Hubway station are still closing down on the 31st, from the email:


Cambridge-based stations to remain open year-round

SYSTEM ALERT: The final day of 2014 winter operations for all Boston-based stations will be Wednesday, December 31st. Though you may continue to see the Boston-based stations during the first week of January, they will not be operational, andriders will not be able to rent or return bikes to these stations.

Almost all Cambridge-based stations will remain open throughout the winter. All closed Boston stations, in addition to those based in Brookline & Somerville, are expected to relaunch again in spring 2015.

If stations you typically use are within Boston city limits, we recommend making alternative arrangements for your trips beginning on Thursday, January 1st. Hubway will continue to post updates on its website in addition to its facebook and twitter pages, so make sure to check those sites for the latest info, and to develop a contingency plan for your routes. Thank you for almost 3 million rides… and counting!ng.

View the entire updated Hubway station map here, and use the Spotcycle app or Hubway Tracker for up to the minute
system information and bike/dock availability when planning your rides.

For more on Hubway winter operations,
including cold-weather riding tips, visit

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Hubway Cyber Monday Deals

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 01

While the term “black friday” “Cyber monday” and the like make me want to curl up into a ball and cry…I did get this in the mail and thought you might all be into it.


Our bikeshare friends to the South, Citi Bike, launched last year and will double in size by 2017, but you can ride NYC now! As a Hubway member, you have access topurchase Citi Bike casual passes and annual memberships at a discount.


Planning a trip to the Big Apple? Pick up a 24-Hour or 7-Day pass for yourself!

Have friends in NYC? Grab passes or a membership as a holiday gift.

They make great stocking stuffers!

This offer ends on CyberMonday, December 1, 2014.

Here’s how to grab your Citi Bike passes now:

1) Email Citi Bike’s Meghan Leys at

2) Include your Hubway member number. Log in to get it from your profile page.

3) Include the types of passes and quantity you’d like to buy.

You’ll receive a response within two business days with your personalized codes to purchases the passes online or at a Citi Bike station kiosk.

Happy holidays,

The Hubway Team


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Hubway Station Closure Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

From Hubway:



Hello Hubway riders!

It’s that time of year again. Stations and bikes will soon be removed from the street for winter. Hubway will begin our regular season-end station closures on Monday, November 17, 2014, and the final day of this year’s full-system operations will beWednesday, November 26th.

BUT WAIT! The good news is we’re not done riding this year! After last year’s successful winter pilot in Cambridge, Hubway’s winter operations have expanded. We’re pleased to announce that many stations in Boston will remain open through December, and almost all stations in Cambridge will continue operations all winter long. All closed stations are expected to re-open in the spring.

“Will my station close for the year? And when?”


This year you can sign up to receive email system alerts on the days that stations are removed, so you can easily get the latest info and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite stations. Plus, we’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page andtwitter profile.

Please note: we will still send full system shutdown warnings in the event of inclement weather, but you must sign up here to receive the seasonal station removal alerts.

We’re keeping the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 26th and beyond, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for more than 1.1 MILLION rides this year… and counting!


The Team at Hubway



With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor and a champion of bike sharing in the Boston area. Please click hereto view a letter from Hubway General Manager, Emily Stapleton, distributed to all Hubway staff last week, about the Mayor’s trailblazing support of Hubway and the impact of that support on the City.


Didn’t see a green light when you docked? Lift the bike ever-so-slightly by the seat and give a tug to make ensure that it is fully secure and that your trip has closed. If you ever have that “left-the-oven-on” feeling later in the day that perhaps you didn’t see that green light, log into your Hubway member account here and click the Rentals tab to confirm your trip was successfully closed. Of course, you can always reach the Hubway customer support team, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929).


Do you use the Dana Park Hubway Station? This station is currently located on Lawrence Street, and with almost 10,000 trips taken so far it is well used and has provided tremendous benefits to those in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. At the request of some area residents, the City of Cambridge has doneadditional analysis, including looking at the options for off-street locations to allow year-round use. The City welcomes your input on options and comments about the station’s long-term location.


Click here to take the Dana Park Hubway station survey.



5Point Film Festival, Today, Thursday, 11/6, Somerville Theatre. These short adventure films are hand picked to get your heart pumping, mind engaged, and self inspired to pursue your own passions, whatever those may be. Details here.

Green Pedal Film Festival, Sunday, 11/9, 6pm, Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville. An evening of short films on environmental innovations, plus visits from the Bibliocycle, the Coffee Trike, AlFreshCo, Bootstrap Compost, Metro Pedal Power, and more! More info here.

Boston Bikes Hosts “Half the Road” screening, Wednesday, 11/19, 6:30pm, Fenway Landmark Theatre, Boston. Thisgroundbreaking documentary by pro-cyclist and director Kathryn Bertine explores the passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling. The film focuses on both the joy of sport and the challenges of inequality that female riders face today in a male-dominated world of cycling. “We thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling,” the filmmakers described. “Then it turned into a film about equality.” TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED BY 11/11! Get yours now. Boston Bikes will host an informal discussion and Q&A after the film with professional cyclist Sara Bresnick.

Rules of the Road Bicycle Workshop, Wednesday, 11/12, 6:30pm, Cambridge Main Library @ 449 Broadway.
This one-hour presentation will cover bike safety statistics, rules of the road, both bike-specific and car-specific laws & legislation, general safety tips, current legislative efforts, and the realreasons to obey traffic laws. Registration info here.

Boston Bike Party presents A Space Odyssey, Friday, 11/14, 7:30pm, Copley Square. Wonder what it would be like to journey through space (safely on a bike in the streets of Boston)? Boston Bike Party will take you there. Prepare for liftoff in 5-4-3…

Kaiju Big Battel 20th Anniversary Bash, Saturday, 11/22, Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville.

Prepare to be dumbfounded and confused, but thoroughly entertained when this oddball mix of comic book, sci-fi, and professional wrestling returns to Somerville for “Shpadoinka Mania 20, Part 2.” Seriously — you may never see anything like it ever again.

More about Kaiju here, and tickets for the event here.


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Hubway Has A New Owner, Not Much Will Change For Riders

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 06

And they are staying open until December this year, and opening a month early, with plans to add 10-15 more stations, all in all a steady progression towards more and better Hubway service.  If you live in Cambridge you will get to use Hubway all winter!


From WBUR:

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BOSTON — The operator of bike share Hubway is getting new owners and winter service is expanding in Boston. Here’s what riders need to know about the Hubway news this week:

Bike share acquisition deal

Alta Bicycle Share, which is contracted by Boston, Brookline, Somerville and Cambridge to operate Hubway, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by investment group Bikeshare Holdings LLC. The newly formed investment group includes the CEOs of Equinox Fitness Clubs and real estate firm Related Companies.

In addition to Boston, Alta Bicycle Share currently runs bicycle shares in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Melbourne, Australia.

In announcing the deal Tuesday, the company said the acquisition will bring in more capital and allow them to expand operations and serve more riders. (read more)

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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • My Morning Commute October 8, 2015
      Tweet As I open my door the pleasant whirrrrrr of an old internal three speed coasting down the hill greets my ears. Looking left I see an elegantly dressed woman swishing past in the crisp morning air. As I mount my bike … Continue reading →
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    • Aggressive EZRide Driver Backed By Charles River TMA Exec October 2, 2015
      TweetThis took place recently. I wrote to EZRide Service, and they responded with the following. Ms. Tuing: Thank you for sending the video of Paul Revere Transportation bus 707, operating EZRide Shuttle in Kendall Square, Cambridge on Wednesday, September 29. … Continue reading →
    • Fairmount, Neponset And Green Links Ride On Saturday (Canceled) September 30, 2015
      TweetFrom the email: ——– This Saturday we will have a bike ride on the Fairmount Greenway route, along the Neponset Greenway, and learn more about how the City is working to connect Franklin Park to the harbor through the Green … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Fairmount, Neponset And Green Links Ride On Saturday September 30, 2015
      TweetFrom the email: ——– This Saturday we will have a bike ride on the Fairmount Greenway route, along the Neponset Greenway, and learn more about how the City is working to connect Franklin Park to the harbor through the Green … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Public Meetings About Walking And Biking Paths September 30, 2015
      TweetJoin in these DCR sponsored meetings and let your voice be heard to support more walking and biking paths. ———– From Livable Streets: Please join us for a series of public meetings where the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation … Continue reading →
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    • 13th Annual Historic Bicycle Tour Of Middlesex Canal September 28, 2015
      TweetGot this in the email: ————- On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Middlesex Canal Association, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission will sponsor the 13th annual historic bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  The Canal was … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Bikes Not Bombs Announces Adult Earn A Bike September 24, 2015
      TweetThis is great news for adults looking to get into cycling but having a hard time affording a bicycle. From the email: ——- Dear Friends, Not a day goes by without a customer walking into our Bike Shop who depends … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Union Square Getting Bike Boxes September 21, 2015
      TweetThese little guys have been springing up all over the union square area.   So far…lets just say that the motorists and cyclists have not been understanding how to use them. There were two giant open boxes here, and a … Continue reading →
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    • Union Square Getting Bike Boxes September 21, 2015
      TweetThese little guys have been springing up all over the union square area.   So far…lets just say that the motorists and cyclists have not been understanding how to use them. There were two giant open boxes here, and a … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Art Deco Geometric Earrings September 16, 2015
      Copper over brass.  I like the way these little guys came out. Continue reading →
      Boston Biker