A Tip of the Cap (Helmet) to Mayor Menino

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.

Emily Stapleton,
General Manager
Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.
Operator of Hubway Bicycle System

Get Spokey This Halloween! Win Ghoul Stuff!

Post Your #HappyHubwayHalloween Photo

and you could win one of more than 50 Scary-Good Treats!

Nothing is more ghoulishly fun than Greater Boston on Halloween. This year we’re making it extra spo(o)key with some #HappyHubwayHalloween photo fun! You could win a super-sweet Treat from one of our prize providers below.


(1) Snap a photo that includes you in your costume with or near a Hubway bike or station (no need for an action shot). Please be safe! No in-motion selfies while riding, unbikeable costumes, or things dangling in spokes.

(2) Between October 30th and November 2nd, EITHER upload your photo to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (make sure we see it by including the #HappyHubwayHalloween hashtag or by tagging @Hubway), OR email it to (include your permission for us to post it on social media).

On November 3rd, more than 50 winners will be randomly selected from entries to receive one* of these prizes below. Plus, we’ll be posting our favorites on the Hubway blog! So be scary, funny, clever, and creative! Most of all, be spokey! Group photos are welcome, though only the user who submits the photo is eligible for the prize! Start snapping your #HappyHubwayHalloween now for your chance to win one of these delicious treats:

  • $10 Gift Certificate from Boloco. (5 available)

  • $10 Gift Certificate from Bon Me. (5 available)

  • $5 Gift Certificate from Burger King. (10 available)

  • Pair of Tickets to the Coolidge Corner Theatre. (5 available, $22 value each)

  • $5 Gift Certificate from El Pelon Taqueria. (8 available)

  • $10 Gift Certificate from Flat Top Johnny’s. (3 available)

  • Hubway Annual Membership ($85 value). (1 available)

  • Pair of Tickets to Improv Asylum. (2 available, $50 value each)

  • Pair of Tickets to Laugh Boston. (2 available, $50 value each)

  • $10 Gift Certificate from New Balance. (5 available)

  • $10 Gift Certificate to Passim. (5 available)

  • Free One-night stay at the Lenox Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay (a $555 value)!

  • $150 restaurant Gift Certificate for either City Table or Solas at the Lenox.

    Both grand prizes come with a new bike helmet, courtesy of Bern Unlimited!

    *PLEASE NOTE: Post as many #HappyHubwayHalloween pics as you like, but since we want to spread the Halloween spirit around, you can only win once.

    Treats provided by:

  • [Press Release] Bikeshare Holdings LLC Signs Agreement to Acquire Alta Bicycle Share

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2104
    Click here to read release from Alta Bicycle Share.

    You're Invited to the Hubway "Unicorn" Launch this Thursday, October 23rd

    Please note: This event has been moved inside 1350 Mass Ave, in the Harvard Information Center room just off the Smith Campus Center arcade.

    Thursday, October 23, 2014—Rain or Shine!
    Harvard’s Forbes Plaza
    Outside the Smith Campus Center
    1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

    Over 2,000 people voted, and your choice, “the Emerald Explorer,” designed by artist and Hubway member Amy Fater, will enter our fleet as the newest, limited edition, one-of-a-kind Hubway bike this Thursday at noon!

    Come join us, together with Harvard’s CommuterChoice, as the bike is unveiled for its inaugural ride! Be the first to see the Emerald Explorer in person. While you’re there, grab a complimentary 24-hour Hubway pass courtesy of CommuterChoice, enter to win a free helmet, chat with Hubway reps and dignitaries from Hubway member municipalities, and say hi to Amy!

    This event is brought to you by:

    Station Alert: Beacon/Charles station returns today, fully operational

    Station Alert: The Beacon/Charles Hubway station has returned to its previous location adjacent to Beacon Hill and the Boston Public Garden, as of Tuesday morning, October 14th. The station had been temporarily removed in late August for city sidewalk construction, but is now back and fully operational.

    Thank you for your patience. Station updates are posted on Hubway’s Twitter & Facebook pages. For up to the minute system availability, please use our Spotcycle app for smartphones or visit Hubway Tracker or the Hubway website station map.

    Thank you for using Hubway.