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I talked about this before, but its good to see that they don’t expect it to affect Hubway.
A Montreal-based equipment and technology supplier for Alta Bicycle Share, the company that manages Boston’s Hubway program, has filed for bankruptcy protection, but Hubway administrators say the bankruptcy will not have an effect on Boston’s bike-sharing program.
Bixi, also known as the Public Bike System Co., announced Monday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection to “allow the company to restructure its business and finances,” according to a company statement.
The company operates Montreal’s bike-share program and provides equipment and software for Alta, the company that manages Hubway and popular bike-sharing programs in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago. The comany was racked with financial challenges for years and saddled with almost $50 million in debt. Its announcement came as little surprise to Montreal officials, who had long expressed concerns about the company’s future.
Benjy Kantor, a spokesman for Hubway, said the challenges facing Bixi are not expected to have an impact on Hubway’s operations.
“We’re expecting that Hubway will continue to run without interruption, and plans are to expand the current operations once the full system launches in spring,” Kantor said. Since Hubway’s launch in summer 2011, the network of Hubway stations has grown dramatically, extending into Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. The bike-sharing network also continues to grow denser. Two stations are scheduled to open in the Seaport District in the spring. (via)
More information about the new stations in the “innovation” district below (from a press release):
Jamestown Announces Hubway Outside Innovation & Design Building
$150,000 Installment to be Active this Spring
Jamestown Properties, a leading national real estate and investment firm,
announced today the installment plans for 2 Hubway Stations outside of the
Innovation and Design Building (IDB) that will be operational this spring.
This installment is just the beginning of an array of improvements planned
for IDB and the surrounding district.
Hubway, the bike sharing company, has taken the city by storm. Over 100
stations and 1,000 bikes can be found in various districts. Hubway provides
and promotes a healthy alternative to driving and erroneous city parking.
More than a mode of transportation, the bikes are utilized in the good
weather on scenic routes along the Charles, the Waterfront, and through the
Common. Jamestown has invested in a $100,000 sponsorship for the 2 stations,
and an additional $50,000 for the concrete pads, restriping, and access
ramps that will support them.
This momentum coincides with the City’s long-term vision for the
Innovation district, which is to create economic activity and jobs that will
enhance Boston’s economy and provide employment for residents. Hubway and
similar innovative companies exemplify the districts drive to create and
enhance connections within the community around them.
Jamestown is the owner of the Innovation & Design Building.
Tags: bixi, hubway, no money no problems
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Due to a forecast of inclement weather, we will temporarily close Hubway at 5:00PM on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 to protect the safety of our members and staff. No bikes can be rented after the temporary closure has begun, though any bikes in use at the time can be returned to any Hubway station with an available dock.
We understand that forecasts vary and may change. Closure and re-opening information will be posted to the Hubway website, Facebook, and Twitter. Annual and monthly members will also be informed of closure and re-opening via email.
If you have any question about whether the system is open or closed, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-4HUBWAY (448-2929). The Hubway Severe Weather Closure Policy can be found here.
Thank you for your cooperation,
The Team at Hubway
Tags: closed, hubway, storm
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NPR had a great story today about the growth, and challenges of biking, and bike share programs.
Listen here, or here:
Here is a taste:
Millions of commuters across the country have a new way to get around. In the last few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They’re supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.
These bike-sharing systems have a lot of different names: Divvy, Hubway, Nice Ride. But they all work roughly the same way: you pick up a bike at one docking station, ride it and then lock it up at another station. And these systems have something else in common: the users so far tend to be young, male and wealthier than the rest of the population.
“The rates of low-income ridership in all bike-share programs around the world is pitifully low. So we can only do better,” Carolyn Samponaro of the Transportation Alternatives in New York, said. The Citi Bike system launched in New York earlier this year.
Samponaro and I met up at a docking station near a big public housing project in Brooklyn. It’s right across the street from a busy bike lane, and about two blocks from the foot of the Manhattan Bridge — in other words, a prime spot for bike commuting. But the docking station just sits there, full of bikes, waiting for riders. Samponaro said this unfortunately fits with the data so far.
“The rates of low-income ridership in all bike-share programs around the world is pitifully low. So we can only do better.”
“The demographic information I’ve seen to date is that it’s more men than women. And only 0.5 percent are low-income New Yorkers,” said Samponaro, who considers that a pretty poor rating.
Read the rest here.
What most excites me about this is that these programs are driving a change in thinking about how we build transportation systems. Bike share systems are perfect for people who need to save money, or get in shape. They are human scale designs. Almost everyone can ride a bike.
Sadly bike share systems seem to currently be focused on the affluent, they are in the business of making money, and currently rich people ride bikes more. This is can also be a good thing in the long run. It used to be that if you were rich you owned a car, if we shift this thinking to be “if you are rich you ride a bike” many more people will aspire to ride, and unlike the dream of car ownership, many more people will actually be able to achieve the dream of owning or riding a bicycle.
You can’t democratize a luxury like a car. Just look at the mess it has caused. Its destroying our planet, embroiling us in decades of wars, ruining our health, killing our populace, enabling horrible city design, and in general has been a failure. The same can not be said for the bicycle. If everyone in the world used a bicycle as their main mode of transportation it would prompt us to be healthy, to design our cities better, to use public transportation like trains for long distance travel, to be much more gentle on the environment, and we would have a radically different foreign policy. In short bicycles are not a luxury, they are a the foundation of a solid transportation system.
More bikes! More bike share systems! More access to these systems for the poor!
Tags: Bike Share, bright future, hubway, NPR
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Lots of good stuff below from the City Of Boston:
We are proud to announce that the first helmet vending machine in the country can be found at Boylston St and Mass Ave. This machine will help HelmetHub gather information and we hope to start the next Hubway season with more stations around the city. Make sure you visit the machine while you still can.
We are sad to announce that Hubway will be shutting down for the season. Station closures began on November 18th, and the 2013 season will end on November 27th. Please visit http://www.thehubway.
New Bike Lanes Installed
We’re on track to reach our goal of 20 miles of new bike lane in 2013! Have you seen or ridden on the latest additions to Boston’s bike infrastructure?
These lanes have recently been installed or are in progress:
- VFW Parkway – From: Centre Street, To: Brookline Town line
- VFW Parkway – From: Spring St, To: Brookline Town line
- Mount Vernon St – From: Old Colony Ave, To: University Drive North
- Freeport St – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Conley Street
- Stuart / Huntington – From: Harcourt Ave, To: Dartmouth St
- Adams St – From: Neponset, To: Hancock
- Ashmont – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Neponset Ave
- Cross Street / N Washington Street
11/21 – 6:00 pm - CBT Architects, 110 Canal St, 02114
This will be a public meeting to discuss the redesign of Causeway St.
Donate to Roll It Forward
“Though a bike may be thought of as a toy, it can also be a machine of empowerment that can change someone’s outlook on life.” -Canton Citizen
Recently, our work was highlighted in The Canton Citizen. The Canton Girl Scouts will be hosting a bike drive on November 24th from 12 – 3 pm at the Canton Public Library.
We are always accepting bike donations. If you have a bike to donate please visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/
BU’s new Bike Safety website is a valuable resource for cyclists of all abilities. It provides safe cycling tips, Boston cycling laws, and Charles River Campus and Medical Campus bike rack maps, and more.
With the new BU Bike Accident Toolkit, cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists have the ability to leverage the technology in their mobile device to create a digital record of their accident. Available free of charge to iPhone and Android users, this new app automatically records the date, time, and GPS coordinates, and prompts the user to ask the important questions and document the accident with photos, video, and recorded witness statements.
Tags: Bike Lanes, Boston Bikes, City of Boston, helmet hub, hubway
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I guess my earlier bedtime story to Hubway was premature. Like a kid who has gotten into the red bull and pixi sticks Hubway’s in Cambridge are going to rock steady all winter long!
See below for all the details!
|Hello from Hubway!
We’re excited to announce that part of the Hubway system will remain open throughout the winter for the first time. If you haven’t yet heard, while most Hubway stations will be closed by Thanksgiving and removed until Spring 2014, the City of Cambridge will run a pilot program during which almost all of the Cambridge-based stations will remain open and operational year-round. Read the full City of Cambridge press release here.
With winter approaching, read below for cold-weather riding tips, and also read about specific winter station closures for the rest of the Hubway system.
The Team at Hubway
WINTER RIDING TIPS
To prepare for cold-weather bicycling, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
But remember that riding will warm you up. If you get hot as you ride, pull over and remove a layer, but always keep your ears and hands shielded.
FIND BIKE-APPROPRIATE GLOVES & EARMUFFS
Local bike shops offer products that do not obstruct the use of your helmet.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Have your route set ahead of time.
PLAN FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Always make sure you have an option in case a blizzard hits or if you simply decide that riding is no longer comfortable for you.
MAKE THE SMART DECISION IF YOU’RE COLD
Each rider has a different comfort level in inclement weather. If you are uncomfortable for any reason while biking, stop riding and walk your bike to the nearest docking station. If you are cold, make your way indoors to warm up.
Be aware that visibility is particularly limited during the winter, with fewer daylight hours, glare, and foggy conditions. Hubway bikes have 24-hour lights, but it is also a good idea to wear light colored clothing and reflective materials if possible.
USE EXTRA CAUTION
Under wintry conditions, roads may not be completely cleared of snow and ice. You are always permitted to ride in the general travel lane (not only the bike lane) and should do so if the bike lane is snowy or icy.
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURE SCHEDULE
As we wrote last week, the Hubway system began its seasonal phased station closures on Monday, November 18th. With the exception of the Cambridge stations, the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th. The station closure schedule has been published for removals through this weekend. The schedule is subject to change, so please make sure to check Hubway’s news site, facebook page, and twitter feed for the latest updates.
Tags: awesome, hubway, trans siberian hubway, winter
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Its sadly that time again, the Hubways are starting to shut down for the winter. This year they were extended well into the colder months, perhaps if this trend continues in a few years we will see year round Hubway action!
If you have been outside at all you have seen that the Hubway system has exploded in popularity this year. With exponential growth, and awesome discounted memberships for low income people, this system is rapidly becoming the most reliable public transportation system in the city. Lets hope it continues to grow into the neighborhoods that need it most, and that we can push the closing date later and later each year till its open all year round!
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURES BEGIN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
Stay tuned to thehubway.com/news for specific station schedules.
Hello from Hubway.
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 18, 2013, and the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th.
“When will my station close for the year?”
We’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page and twitter profile. We will not send email alerts for each station, so make sure to check those sites for the latest info, and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite Hubway station. We are going to keep the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 27th, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for 1.5 million rides… and counting!
The Team at Hubway
Tags: closing time, hubway
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Hubway is going to try to stay open as long as they can this year, and just installed 11 new stations!
Just look at all them green dots! (the yellow are the new ones, and the grey planned, click here for interactive map)
From their email:
When you live in New England, you get used to feeling like it’s always about to snow. But with weather like we’ve been having lately, along with recent station expansion throughout the metro-Boston area, we’re excited about riding as far into Fall as we possibly can. See below for events this month in each of the towns and cities that make up Hubway. We invite you to post your Hubway pics to show us where you’re riding this month.
This past week, 11 new stations launched throughout the system, including the first ever Hubway stations in Jamaica Plain and expanding deeper into Southie and Charlestown! Riders were excited, and some were even moved to tears. Here’s a list of the new stations:
JP Monument – South Street @ Centre Street
JP Centre – Centre Street @ Myrtle Street
Hyde Square @ Barbara Street
Egleston Square @ Columbus Ave
South Boston Library – 646 East Broadway
View the entire Hubway station map here.
for up to the minute system information and bike/dock availability.
Tags: extended hours, hubway, more stations
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People hem and haw, but this system is getting bigger, its expanding into more areas, and people are using it in record numbers. It might not be happening as fast as we like it, or in all the neighborhoods we want it in, but it IS happening.
With a prominent mayoral candidate from Dorchester in the news we can only hope that the cities largest neighborhood will be at the top of the list for next year.
Hubways are reliable forms of public transportation, and its vital all areas of the Boston metro area have access to them.
From The City:
New Hubway Stations – Installs Start This Week!
This week more New Balance Hubway stations start coming to:
W Broadway - W Broadway/Dot Ave
S Boston Library - 646 E Broadway
* Pending 2 stations at Design Center
Egleston Sq - Columbus/ Washington
Hyde Square - Centre St/ Barbara St
JP Monument - Centre St/South St
JP Center - Centre St / Myrtle St
*Pending Jackson Square, Green Street, Forest Hills
Hayes Square - Bunker Hill St / Vine St, Charlestown
Milk St - Milk St / India St, Downtown
BIDMC (3rd station) - Brookline/
Columbia Road - Mass Ave / Columbia Rd, Dorchester
Charles St - Charles St / Beacon St, Beacon Hill
*Pending Upham’s Corner
Special thanks to Department of Conservation and Recreation and the MBTA for supporting stations on their property.
$5 Subsidized Hubway Memberships available to
Boston residents who are receiving public
New Bike Maps Order your free bike map today. To get your map, email your name and address to: [email protected].
Tags: awesome, getting bigger, hubway
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