With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor. The following letter from Hubway General Manager, Emily Stapleton, was distributed to all Hubway staff yesterday afternoon. Some pictures follow.
As a tribute to Mayor Menino, here are some words from the mayor himself almost exactly one year ago during a Climate Sustainability speech:
“The mayor acknowledged that ‘climate work is unending’ and will require a total team effort in order to engage all of Boston’s communities in implementing environmental strategies…Boston’s Hubway program has been a big part of this [green house gas emission] reduction. Hubway bikes have provided 675,000 rides to people around the city, Menino said, preventing 230 tons of carbon gas from entering the atmosphere.” [Boston-specific #s as of 2013.]
Mayor Menino’s choice to champion bike share in Boston was purposeful and forward-thinking at a time when the feasibility and popularity of bike share in the United States was still considered uncertain and untested. After all, Capital Bikeshare, which launched in 2010, was the only other large-scale bike share program in the U.S. that—only slightly—preceded Boston’s launch in 2011.
Hubway has certainly been a trailblazer in demonstrating the viability of bike share in a large urban environment in the United States, and I would venture to say that biking in general became more safe, pleasant, and accepted by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike in Boston as a result of Mayor Menino’s leadership.
“The car is no longer king,” indeed.
Members of our staff locked down the Mayor’s Bike at City Hall today with respect.
Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.
Operator of Hubway Bicycle System