The Brookline Board of Selectmen’s Committee on Bicycle Sharing, established at the Annual Town Meeting in May 2010, recommended that Brookline join Boston’s new regional bicycle sharing system. “Hubway”, the Boston bike share system, launched in the summer of 2011 with great success and included 600 bicycles and 60 stations throughout Boston. The Brookline Board of Selectmen voted affirmatively for the Town to join Hubway in March 2012.
Brookline (along with Cambridge and Somerville) will join the Boston Hubway network in summer of 2012. Based on Boston’s success, it is expected that Hubway will provide enhanced individual mobility and increased urban connectivity for all residents of the participating municipalities. Brookline’s initial Hubway launch will include a minimum of three bike share stations. There will be a station at the Brookline Village MBTA Station, Brookline Town Hall, and near Coolidge Corner in the Beacon Street median.
Bike sharing has a number of benefits for the Town of Brookline. It can provide access to services, social activities and transit for people who might otherwise drive. A bike share system also has a positive effect on public health by encouraging exercise and improving our carbon footprint. In addition, by reducing demand for parking and roads, bike sharing can actually benefit those who drive as well as those who participate in the network.