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[Metro Boston] Hubway celebrates fourth anniversary, plans extentions

The following article was originally published by Kayla Sweeney in Metro Boston on July 28th, 2015.

Today marks four years since Hubway launched in Boston, and the bike sharing system is celebrating with a massive expansion.

Hubway has more than 400 stations (sic) [Hubway editor note: currently 139 stations), but the officials said they plan to add 20 more throughout Boston and Cambridge during the next half of the 2015 season. 

Hubway Spokesman Benjy Kantor told Metro that while the locations of the new stations have not been determined yet, “there will be hub-bub surrounding the extension later in the season,” so bikers should stay tuned.

Kantor told Metro that they weren’t hosting a big celebration for their anniversary because of the extension plans and the buzz that will surround that later this year. However, Hubway officials will plan a collaborative special or celebration within the cities that Hubway resides, he said.

Cyclists may also be looking at new lighter, sleeker bikes, but Kantor said the cities have yet to confirm the upgrade.

Since 2011, Hubway users have offset more than 3 million tons of carbon, the system reported. Bikers can also be collaboratively proud of themselves for burning almost 200 million calories in the past four years.

The website offers an ongoing statistics list on their website along with ways bikers can track their own usage. To join the movement or for more information visit http://www.thehubway.com/home

Hubway Turns Four!

Hubway launched on July 28th, 2011, with 60 stations and 600 bikes. Four trips around the sun* later, and the system is made up of 139 stations (140 really, but one has not been deployed this year due to construction) and 1300 bicycles, with further expansion expected later this year along with Hubway’s 4 millionth trip! If you take that trip, you could win a $250 gift card to New Balance!


*4.6M miles is approximately 1/20th of the way to the sun, though we’d recommend turning back before it gets too hot. We’d still take Boston winters over global warming, which coincidentally Hubway riders are doing their part to fight by offsetting all that carbon.

Today is Ernest Hemingway's birthday. He rode bikes.


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HOORAY!


[Earth Day Network] What's Holding Back Bike-Share?

The following article was originally published on the Earth Day Network blog on July 14th, 2015.

Bike-sharing programs have been touted internationally as a way to ease the problems urban areas are experiencing. Advocates have claimed that these programs decrease traffic congestion and CO2 emissions while increasing riders health and their connection to the city. However, an article published last month by Miriam Ricci in Research in Transportation Business and Management. Ricci saw a lack of data to back up some of the suspected benefits of bike-share programs.

There is a lack of data on all fronts, which is holding back improvements to bike-share systems. Little data on CO2 emissions prevented by bike-sharing exists, and as Ricci points out, the rebalancing schemes the many programs have made them carbon neutral or even put them in the red. Without better data on where these systems are failing, and what the real benefits are.

People are beginning to notice this lack of data and are taking it into their own hands. Companies such as Ford Motor Company are starting programs to see how bicycles interact in cities by placing small trackers on bike frames. Likewise, the strengths of bike-share programs need to be emphasized instead of using claims that may not be true. Ricci found that many claims bike-share advocates have made were, in fact, true. Programs increase economic development near bike-share locations, as was the case in Washington DC. To take bike-sharing into its next steps, we need to gather more data, use it correctly and substantiate our claims to redefine urban transportation. We are off to a good start, but we need to keep the momentum rolling.