[Boston Magazine] Hubway Relaunches, Announces Further Expansion to Roxbury and Dorchester

The bike sharing network will open 10 new stations this year.

The following article was originally published by Jamie Ducharme in Boston Magazine, on April 28th, 2016.

Image: Kadam on Flickr/Creative Commons

Hubway is back for 2016, and it’s bigger and better than ever. The bike sharing system today announced that all existing stations have relaunched for spring, and 10 new ones are on the way.

The 10 new stations are planned for Roxbury and North Dorchester, expanding access to those neighborhoods. The network serves Boston, Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Roxbury, and Dorchester.

The Boston Transportation Department will hold a series of workshops and open houses to gather community input and keep residents in the loop about the upcoming stations. The schedule is as follows:

  • Community Workshop – May 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Roxbury YMCA
  • Community Workshop – May 14, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Dudley Sq. Library
  • Community Open House – June 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Roxbury YMCA
  • Community Open House – June 11, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Grove Hall Library
  • Why not celebrate Hubway’s full return by biking your commute tomorrow? You won’t even miss the T, we promise.

Did you hear? Hubway is expanding in Roxbury and northern Dorchester!

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Today, Boston Bikes celebrated New Balance Hubway’s 2016 operating season with high-fives, ice cream, and the news of more Hubway stations coming to Boston!

Yes, you heard that right. The Barr Foundation has provided a generous grant to the Boston Transportation Department for ten new stations in Roxbury and northern Dorchester this summer. The goal is to build a highly connected bikeshare network in these neighborhoods, so that all residents in those areas live within a 5- to 10-minute walk of Hubway.

This will be the most significant expansion in one targeted part of the city since New Balance Hubway’s launch in 2011. While we know we have a long way to go to achieve the full potential of bikeshare in Boston, this expansion will help pave the way to future stations in other neighborhoods.

Map of Expansion Area

Where exactly will these stations go? Well, that’s where we need your help. The process of choosing a location for a station is anything but simple. We start by looking at all the locations that have been requested to date and consulting community organizations, businesses, and residents to get the super-local view of where stations are needed.

Next month, we are holding two community workshops to talk about what makes a good location for a New Balance Hubway station. Attendees will work together to prioritize general locations for new stations. We’ll consider four key criteria:

1) Proximity to existing network
2) Future growth
3) Known gaps and chronic outages
4) Local travel patterns

We will then take feedback from these workshops and develop several specific, viable site options for each general location. Considerations like permitting, solar exposure, utilities,  and other infrastructure on the streets and sidewalks constrain where a station can actually go. The stations take up at least 41 feet, and ensuring the safety of Hubway users, pedestrians, other cyclists and drivers is critical.

Once we develop these options, we will hold two community open houses in early June to gather input on site alternatives. Dates and locations of the meetings are below. 

Since we know not everyone can make it to community meetings, we’ll also deploy several street teams to gather input at community events and on busy street corners in Roxbury and Northern Dorchester. We’re honored to have the help of young people from the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club, Bikes Not Bombs, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, and the Mayor’s Youth Council who will take the lead in conducting these surveys.  At the same time, we will provide opportunities for input online or by text message. Stay tuned for more details!

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Mark your calendars:

Part I: Community Workshops – work with other participants to prioritize general locations for Hubway stations

  • May 12, 6:30pm - 8:00pm Roxbury YMCA
  • May 14, 10:00am - 11:30am Dudley Square Library

Part II: Community Open Houses – drop in to review specific site options for each general location

  • June 9, 6:30pm - 8:30 pm Roxbury YMCA
  • June 11, 10:00am - noon Grove Hall Library

[Press Release] City of Boston Relaunches Hubway Bikeshare System, Announces Expansion of Service Stations

Boston Announces Plans for New Bike Stations in Roxbury and North Dorchester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to view City of Boston site release.
April 28, 2016

Mayor’s Press Office

BOSTON - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - The Boston Transportation Department/Boston Bikes today officially re-launched the full New Balance Hubway bike-share system and announced plans for an expansion of Hubway service to reach the neighborhoods of Roxbury and North Dorchester. Stations all across Boston, along with Somerville, Brookline, and Brookline, are now open for the season.

“The Hubway bike-share system offers residents and visitors a healthy, affordable way to travel throughout our city and I am excited that this year we are expanding the service to reach even more neighborhoods,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “As demand continues to grow, I look forward to working with our partners to explore additional opportunities to provide this active transportation service to the people of Boston.” 

A celebration of the return of the Hubway bikes was held today at the Hubway station in front of the New Balance Experience Store on Boylston where Commissioner Fiandaca of the Boston Transportation Department joined Matt LeBretton, New Balance Vice President for Public Affairs. The popular bike-share system recently recorded the four millionth trip taken by Hubway users since the system’s launch in 2011.

“We look forward to New Balance Hubway’s strongest season ever, with 10 new stations planned for Roxbury and North Dorchester in 2016, a fifth birthday celebration this summer, and our 5 millionth trip anticipated for this Fall,” said Boston Transportation Commissioner Fiandaca. “With these new stations, Boston continues to be a national leader in its commitment to equity in bike-share. The City of Boston would like to thank the Barr Foundation for supporting the establishment of these new stations with a $525,000 grant, as well as for partnering with us to ensure that Boston is a sustainable and vibrant city for all residents and visitors.” 

“From its first to its four millionth ride,” said Mary Skelton Roberts, Senior Program Officer at the Barr Foundation. “New Balance Hubway has demonstrated that Boston can lead, and that Bostonians will embrace new, innovative ways to close transportation gaps, and to enhance mobility for residents and visitors. It is our privilege to be able to support this latest expansion into Roxbury and North Dorchester, to better connect more people to more places they want and need to go for work, school, and play throughout the region.” 

The Boston Transportation Department will hold community workshops to invite public input into the plans for the new stations. Following the workshops, crews from local youth-based organizations will conduct surveys of possible locations for new stations, with opportunities for residents to participate by text message, online and in-person. These participation options are being providing in an effort to engage as many people in the community as possible in the process.  Public planning for the new stations will conclude with an Open House on June 9 and 11. Below is more information about the workshops and open houses:

  • Community Workshop - May 12, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Roxbury YMCA
  • Community Workshop - May 14, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Dudley Sq. Library
  • Community Open House - June 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Roxbury YMCA
  • Community Open House - June 11, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Grove Hall Library
  • The New Balance Hubway system is regional public transportation by bike, owned by the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.  Since opening in 2011, Hubway users have logged over six million bicycle miles, burning 168 million calories and offsetting nearly 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions.  Hubway has nearly 13,000 annual members and last year sold more than 91,000 24-Hour subscriptions, 8,700 72-Hour subscriptions, and 3,400 monthly subscriptions. In 2015 alone, Hubway riders took 1,122,475 trips and pedaled approximately 2.1 million miles.

    About Hubway: New Balance Hubway is metro-Boston’s bike-sharing system with more than 1,600 bikes at 160 stations in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville.  The City of Boston has the longest-running subsidized bike-share membership program in the country, offering Hubway memberships to low-income residents for just $5 per year.  For more information about subsidized memberships please visit or call #617-635-1470.  Find out more about the New Balance Hubway system, station expansions, deployments, and outages/closures at, on Twitter and on Facebook


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