Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch with an update on the Hubway bike share program and details about a new Web application that connects residents to the region's green spaces.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council will present an update on the Hubway bike share program and introduce a new Web app that helps connect residents to the many parks and open spaces available in Greater Boston during a Brown Bag Lunch event on Thursday. “As Hubway’s third season gets rolling, we will take a look back at the results of the first two seasons. Does Hubway make it easier for people to get around? Are Metro-Boston residents getting more exercise because of Hubway? Who is using Hubway, and who isn’t? We will look at these questions and more, including the environmental and economic impact of Hubway, and whether Hubway is making the Boston region more bike-friendly,” MAPC said in a press release about the event, which will be…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Six stations are planned for the South End neighborhood in 2013.
Boston's bike-sharing service Hubway announced this week that more than 75 percent of its bicycle stations are open and operational. In the South End, six stations from previous years will be back, including the Tremont Street station in front of the South End Library, one at Tremont and Berkeley Streets, Columbus Avenue at Mass. Ave. Washington Street at Rutland Street, Boston Medical Center and Washington Street at Waltham Street. "After a very snowy winter we are thrilled to announce that Hubway is open for business," the company said in an announcement. "Our team will continue to add stations and expect to be fully deployed by mid-April." The current Hubway footprint is 112 stations and 1100 bicycles with several updates to the 2012 …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Despite the snow, the system should undergo a “full launch” the first or second week of April.
There’s still snow on the ground and it still feels like the dead of winter, but a staple of summer in Boston will be back online before you know it. Bicycles will be available throughout the Hubway bike sharing system the first or second week of April, according to Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston. In the South End, three stations from previous years will be back, including the Tremont Street station in front of the South End Library, one at Tremont and Berkeley Streets, and Columbus Avenue at Mass. Ave. Three new stations are planned for the South End, including Washington Street at Rutland Street, Boston Medical Center and Washington Street at Waltham Street. Freedman also said that Hubway officials…
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Hubway bicycle share system has taken off in Boston in its first two seasons.
Boston’s popular three-season bicycle share system has done more than provide residents with a quick, cheap mode of transportation, it's taken a few cars off the road in the process. Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston, said 13 percent of the 675,000 rides taken in the first two years of the Hubway system are “car replacement” rides, according to survey data collected by the city. In other words, those riders signaled that if not for their Hubway bike ride, they would be driving, Freedman said. That amounts to 87,750 rides that were taken on a bicycle as opposed to in a car. The Hubway system has been available to the public for about 240 days per year in its first two seasons, Freedman said. The system, …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Boston’s bike co-op, The Hubway, operates from March to late November.
Summer’s warmth is gone and along with it goes Boston’s bicycle share program. The city is in the process of shutting down the Hubway bicycle system station-by-station this week. Twelve stations were taken offline last week, according to a schedule on the Hubway’s website. Here's a list of stations taken offline last week: Andrew Station Brigham Circle Charlestown - Main St/Austin St South Bay Plaza Washington/Lenox Washington/Waltham Aggannis Arena Allston Green District BU Central Buswell/Park Overland/Brookline Yawkey Way/Boylston The shutdown is slated to be complete by Nov. 28 this year. Last year, the entire system was taken offline by Dec. 1, 2011. The site provides a map for Hubway stations currently active, out of service, planned…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
While city officials are still eager to partner with MIT helmet vendors HelmetHub, a fix to the lack of helmets on the Hubway is unclear.
Boston’s Hubway bicycle sharing system provided 650,000 trips in its first 12 months of operation, and while the program appears to be a success there’s been one glaring omission: helmets. Kris Carter, interim director of Boston Bikes, said at a Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association Meeting that a helmet system was supposed to be in place last fall but never came to pass. “The Mayor is aware of the need,” he said. Carter was at the meeting to pitch the idea of a Hubway station in Jamaica Plain, but a conversation on the system's lack of helmets erupted. He said Hubway officials are looking into teaming up with HelmetHub, an MIT-based company, which has created a helmet vending machine. Though the Hubway system has exceeded …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Five things you need to know today, May 31.
1) The kids are alright: Columnist Angela Wang had an interesting conversation with her kids about last month’s Time magazine photo. See what the kids though here. 2) Food truck update: The Taco Truck is scheduled to set up camp at Harrison and E. Concord this afternoon and evening. You can track Momogoose, Savory Food Truck and all of the other food trucks that nestle into the South end at the city’s list and map. 3) Circle Night at Fresh Paint: Artists recently fanned out across Boston to paint city scenes. You can bid on those pieces and more at Fresh Paint at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Copley Society of Art. 4) Hooray for sharing: Hubway has reached a couple of milestones, including 250,000 rides since its inception. That’s a lot of …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
In the photo, Mayor Menino is presented with a special bike that declares “The car is no longer king.”
On Monday Mayor Menino launched the second year of HUBWAY Bike Share System in front of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The report includes data on Hubway's success and a list of awards the city has won for being bike- and pedestrian-friendly.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Article and info provided by Mayor Menino's Office: Mayor Menino released the annual Boston Bikes Report yesterday, highlighting the success of Boston’s biking initiatives and previewing plans for its continued growth. Mayor Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007 with the goal of making Boston a world class cycling city. Four years later, Boston has officially gained recognition as one of the great cities for cycling in the United States. Highlights include the success of New Balance Hubway, the 50th mile of bike lane recently installed on Massachusetts Avenue, and Boston’s designation as a “silver” level bike-friendly city from the League of American Bicyclists. “Over the past four years, we have taken great strides toward making Boston a …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
You've heard about it, but you haven't heard everything.
1. We're not the first, or even the second, third or fourth city to do this. Bike sharing is everywhere. There are three major bike-sharing companies operating in North America: Alta Bicycle Share, which runs Boston's Hubway program, Capital Bikeshare in Washington D.C. and Bixi, the first bike-sharing company, which is based in Montreal and operates around the world. There are also locally-run bike-sharing systems in other cities, like Nice Ride Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul and DecoBike in Miami Beach. 2. Replacing a bike costs $1,000. Yep. A thousand dollars. And, if the Hubway bike you check out is lost or stolen, your credit card will be billed for that entire $1,000, even if the bike wasn't taken as a result of your own …