Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that the City of Boston will begin its 2013 expansion of the New Balance Hubway bike share system this week, adding 18 new stations in Boston, the majority in North Dorchester, South Boston and Jamaica Plain.
“The New Balance Hubway system has expanded access to biking to thousands of people across the region, and now it will be more inclusive than ever as it grows into Boston’s neighborhoods,” Mayor Menino said.
Major expansion areas include along West and East Broadway in South Boston, Jamaica Plain stations along the Southwest Corridor, Centre Street and Egleston Square and the Uphams’s Corner area.
The City partnered with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, MassDOT, and the MBTA to offer the most convenient station locations with direct access to public transit, and bike paths.
“The goal of this expansion is to bring Hubway more into the neighborhoods in the most convenient way possible,” said Nicole Freedman, Boston’s Director of Bicycle Programs.
Mayor Menino launched Hubway in 2011 with 61 stations and 600 bicycles, making Boston one of the first cities in the United States to launch a citywide bike share system. Since then, the system has expanded into Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville. With this expansion, Boston will have 90 stations and 900 bicycles. The system will have 132 stations and 1000 bikes.
The system has been met with unparalleled success. 19,725 annual members to date
- 9,202 current annual members.
- 167,679 casual members to date
- 1,382,982 trips to date
- Averaged 4,879 trips per day in August
Boston leads the nation in efforts to ensure inclusivity. With this expansion, 13 of Boston’s 90 stations will be located in low income neighborhoods. Boston has the largest subsidized membership program in the country, having sold more than 800 subsidized memberships to low income Boston residents for $5. Roughly 10 percent of Boston residents participate in the subsidized memberships program. The Hubway expansion also supports the Mayor’s Greenovate Boston initiative, which encourages residents to help reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by taking actions like biking, walking and using public transit.
For more information on Boston’s bicycling initiatives, visit www.cityofboston.gov/bikes
New Station locations
South Boston – NOW OPEN
W Broadway – W Broadway /Dot Ave
S Boston Library – 646 E Broadway
* Coming shortly 2 stations at Design Center
Jamaica Plain – NOW OPEN
Egleston Sq – Columbus/Washington
Hyde Square – Centre St/ Barbara St
JP Monument – Centre St / South St
JP Center-Centre St / Myrtle St
*Permits pending Jackson Square, Green Street
Other – Opening Over the Next Few Weeks
Hayes Square – Bunker Hill St / Vine St, Charlestown
Milk St – Milk St / India St, Downtown
BIDMC (3rd station) – Brookline/Burlington, Fenway
Mass Ave/Columbia Road – Mass Ave / Columbia Rd, Dorchester
Beacon/Charles – Charles St / Beacon St, Beacon Hill
*Permits pending Upham’s Corner
About Greenovate Boston
Greenovate Boston is a collective movement to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the city by meeting Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Propelled by creativity and drive, Greenovate Boston will encourage continued sustainable growth within the city, making Boston the greenest in the United States. Visit http://greenovateboston.org for details.