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Last updated: 1/30/18

Bike Share Expansion

Want a bike share station near your house or by the best place for ice cream? Now's your chance to let us know.

Our public bike share system is getting bigger and even better. We will add more than 70 new stations in Boston, starting in 2018. We're bringing service to new neighborhoods and adding capacity in our existing service area. We need your help in finding the best locations for these new stations.

Location Selection Process

From June 2017 through spring 2018, you will have lots of opportunities to help us select where are our new stations will go!

  1. Share Information
    June – August 2017 (Completed!)
    We are sharing information with neighborhood associations and community organizations across most of Boston about our planning process.
  2. Suggest via an Online Map
    June – November 2017 (Completed!)
    Tell us where you want to see future stations! Visit suggest.thehubway.com to see where stations are today, add the locations you like, and share your thoughts on your neighbors' suggestions. We will use these suggestions to begin looking for great bike share sites.
  3. Participate in Workshops
    September – November 2017 (Completed!)
    We are hosting dozens of public workshops across the City to share our preliminary thoughts on viable locations for bike share stations. You and your neighbors will work together around our maps, discuss the best options, and suggest other locations we could explore. Each workshop focuses on the surrounding neighborhoods, but materials will be available to discuss all neighborhoods under consideration for the expansion. You are welcome to join any workshop.
  4. View Proposed Maps
    January – February 2018
    We will use your suggestions from public workshops and online to create maps of potential locations. We will post these maps online and announce when they are available.
  5. Attend Open Houses
    February – March 2018
    We will schedule a number of open house events to show maps of our proposed station sites. Drop in and let us know what you think!
  6. Get Ready to Ride
    Summer 2018
    After collecting your final comments on our proposed maps, we will move ahead with locating and permitting the final locations. We'll post the final plans online. Stations will be placed in waves, and turned on as soon as they're installed. Get ready for a great summer of biking in Boston!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

What makes a good location for bike share stations?

A photo of a bike share station includes call-outs for each component. In this station, there are nineteen gray docks, many locked bikes, a tall kiosk, a solar panel, a large panel for a map and advertising.

Stations can be placed in the street, on sidewalks or plazas, and on private property.

A typical Hubway station has 19 bike docks, a kiosk for rental transactions, a solar panel, and a map panel. It measures 51 feet by 6 feet.

Smaller stations are possible, but they don't hold as many bikes. Our small stations are 41 feet by 6 feet. We've found that stations any smaller are too often full of bikes or completely empty, which makes the system less reliable for residents.

We also have larger stations in Boston. Our bigger stations are good for busier areas and at locations that see a high number of regular commuters.

Being Dense Is a Good Thing

You may hear us talk about the importance of "station density." Basically, we want to be sure bike share stations are not too far apart from each other. More nearby stations also means more places to find a dock or a bike. If a station is full or empty, you’ll be confident there is another one close by for you to use. Studies show that people use bike share more often when stations are close together. Good station density also helps us improve the reliability of the system. Our teams work throughout the day in response to demand for bikes or empty docks. The more docks in an area, the easier it is for our team to provide enough bikes for everyone.

Our goal is for stations to be no further than a few minutes' walk from you. Where a lot of people are looking to use the system, we want you to find a station by walking between 3 and 5 minutes. In neighborhoods that are further from the system's center, you may need to walk up to 10 minutes.

Off-Street

When we put stations on sidewalks, we need to be careful to leave at least five feet of clear space for pedestrians, strollers, and people in wheelchairs. If a station can be placed against a building, the sidewalk needs to be at least 11-feet-wide. If the station is along the curb, we will need to offset the station another 1.5 - 3 feet to allow for curbside furniture and the opening of car doors. Two-thirds of Boston's bike share stations are located on sidewalks or plazas.

In-Street

We can put stations in most places where parked cars could go. Our stations provide parking for 19 bikes in the same space as about three cars. Since stations have a lower physical profile than parked cars, they can be placed near intersections to make it easier for drivers and pedestrians to see each other. On busier streets, we will often orient the station so that people can access the bikes from the sidewalk side. This helps keep everyone safer. 

ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Sometimes, we can put stations on privately-owned property. These locations need to be publicly-accessible at all times and relatively easy for our crews to service. Most importantly, the land-owners must agree to have our stations on their property and sign legal documents. Some areas that seem to be part of the public sidewalk or public plaza are privately-owned.

Visible Locations

Stations with good visibility help people feel safe using bike share. Visible stations are in spots with good night-time lighting, near destinations, and easy to spot from the street. Stations are placed to minimize conflicts with people walking, biking, and driving.

Sunny Spots

All of our stations are powered by the sun. Without enough exposure to sunlight, they won't work.

Clear of Utilities

Stations cannot block utility access points such as fire hydrants, sewer grates, and manholes. We want workers to have quick access so they can maintain essential services.

Open for Business

Our teams also need to be able to access stations regularly for bike rebalancing and general maintenance. They usually come by van or bike and need to stop nearby.

2017 Expansion Planning Workshops Schedule

Thank you to everyone who participated in our fall 2017 workshops!

We hosted dozens of public workshops across the City in the fall of 2017. You and your neighbors worked together around our maps, discussed options for new station locations, and suggested the locations we should explore. Suggestions from these workshops and our online suggestion map are the basis for our preliminary maps, to be released in early 2018.

Participants focused on the workshop's neighborhood, but materials were available to discuss all neighborhoods under consideration for the expansion. You were welcome to join any workshop and as many workshops as you'd like. Snacks were provided by our friends at CLIF.

Review the presentation

See neighborhood-specific suggestions

DATE TIME NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATION ADDRESS
Saturday, September 9 10 a.m. South Boston BCYF Curley Corrected: 1663 Columbia Rd, M Street entrance
Wednesday, September 13 6 p.m. Jamaica Plain BCYF Hennigan 200 Heath Street
Thursday, September 14 6 p.m. Dorchester Grove Hall Library 41 Geneva Avenue
Saturday, September 16 10 a.m. South End BCYF Blackstone 50 W Brookline Street
Tuesday, September 19 6 p.m. Mattapan BCYF Mattahunt 100 Hebron Street
Wednesday, September 20 6 p.m. Roslindale BCYF Menino 125 Brookway Road
Saturday, September 23 10 a.m. Jamaica Plain Connolly Branch Library 433 Centre Street
Wednesday, September 27 6 p.m. Back Bay Central Library 700 Boylston Street
Thursday, September 28 6 p.m. Charlestown Charlestown Branch Library 179 Main Street
Tuesday, October 3 6 p.m. Beacon Hill Hill House 127 Mt Vernon Street
Wednesday, October 4 6 p.m. Fenway Fenway Community Center 1282 Boylston Street
Wednesday, October 11 6 p.m. North End BCYF Nazzaro 30 N Bennet Street
Thursday, October 12 6 p.m. South Boston South Boston Branch Library 646 E Broadway
Saturday, October 14 10 a.m. Allston Honan-Allston Branch Library 300 N Harvard Street
Monday, October 16 6 p.m. Dorchester Adams St Branch Library 690 Adams Street
Wednesday, October 18 6 p.m. Mattapan Mildred Ave K-8 School 5 Mildred Avenue
Thursday, October 19 6 p.m. Brighton Brighton Branch Library 40 Academy Hill Road
Saturday, October 21 10 a.m. Dorchester Codman Square Branch Library 690 Washington Street
Tuesday, October 24 6:30 p.m. East Boston East Boston Social Center 68 Central Square
Wednesday, October 25 6 p.m. South End Tenants Development Corporation 23 Wellington Street
Thursday, October 26 6 p.m. Roslindale Roslindale Community Center 6 Cummins Hwy
Saturday, October 28 11 a.m. Mission Hill BCYF Tobin 1481 Tremont Street
Monday, October 30 6 p.m. Allston BCYF Jackson/Mann 500 Cambridge Street
Thursday, November 2 6:30 p.m. Chinatown BCYF Quincy 885 Washington Street
Saturday, November 4 10 a.m. Charlestown BCYF Charlestown 255 Medford Street
Thursday, November 9 6 p.m. Jamaica Plain BCYF Curtis Hall 20 South Street
Wednesday, November 15 6 p.m. Dorchester Upham's Corner Health Center 415 Columbia Road
Thursday, November 16 6 p.m. Roxbury Bruce C. Bolling Building 2300 Washington Street

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Neighborhood-Specific Info

Neighborhood Info
2017 Planning workshops in and near Allston:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in AND NEAR THE Back Bay:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in AMD NEAR Beacon Hill:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in and near Brighton:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in Charlestown:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshop in and near Chinatown:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in Dorchester:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in East Boston:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshop in and near Fenway:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in Jamaica Plain:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in Mattapan:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshop in and near Mission Hill:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in and near the North End:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in Roslindale:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in and near Roxbury:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in South Boston:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.

2017 Planning workshops in the South End:

In Fall 2017, we held the below workshops. Click to view the suggested locations from each workshop.

ONLINE SUGGESTIONS

People were invited to suggest station locations online. View an interactive map and read your neighbors' comments.