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Last updated: 9/21/18

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 80 new stations in Boston, starting in summer 2018. We're bringing service to new neighborhoods and adding capacity in our existing service area. We need your help to finalize the best locations for these new stations.

Have questions? Contact us:

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. Attend Open Houses
    March – April 2018 (Completed!)
    We scheduled 11 open house events to show maps of our proposed station sites. Drop in and let us know what you think!
  5. View Proposed Maps
    March – May 2018 (Completed!)
    We used your suggestions from the public workshops and online maps to find more than 120 locations that meet or exceed the technical needs for a bike share station. You can give your input on station locations through mid-May.
  6. Get Ready to Ride
    Summer 2018 (Happening now!)
    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!

Selected Locations for New Stations

Neighborhood-Specific Public Process

Neighborhood Info
2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR Allston SITES:
2018 Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Allston:
View a map of all potential stations in Survey E.
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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR BACK BAY SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Back Bay:
View a map of all potential stations in Survey L.
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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR BEACON HILL SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Beacon Hill:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey N.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR BRIGHTON SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Brighton:
View a map of all potential stations in Survey D and Survey E.
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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR CHARLESTOWN SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in charlestown:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey C.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR CHINATOWN SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Chinatown:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey M.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSES FOR DORCHESTER SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Dorchester:
View a map of all potential stations in Survey A, Survey B, and Survey J.
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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR EAST BOSTON SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in East Boston:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey O.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR FENWAY SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Fenway:
View a map of all potential stations in Survey H and Survey K.
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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSES FOR JAMAICA PLAIN SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Jamaica Plain:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey F and Survey G.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR MATTAPAN SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Mattapan:

View a map of all potential stations in  Survey A.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR MISSION HILL SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Mission Hill:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey H.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR NORTH END SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in the North End:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey N.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR ROSLINDALE SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Roslindale:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey F.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSES FOR ROXBURY SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in Roxbury:
View a map of all potential stations in Survey H.
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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR SOUTH BOSTON SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in South Boston:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey J.

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.

2018 Bike share expansion OPEN HOUSE FOR SOUTH END SITES:
Bike share expansion survey(s) with stations in The South end:

View a map of all potential stations in Survey I.

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.

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 Blue Bikes 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.

Sign up for updates

Use this form to sign up to get updates about our bike share expansion planning process.

Station Surveys

Thank you to everyone who provided comments on our surveys! We received more than 1600 comments before closing the surveys on June 1.

Across Boston, we identified nearly 140 potential sites from which we will select 70-80 new stations to add this year. We have:

  • grouped the locations by geographic area
  • provided a map of all of the locations, and
  • created surveys that show the specific locations where the bike share stations will be placed.

We need you to help us narrow down the list of sites by:

  • telling us which locations you like and which locations you have concerns about, and
  • sharing the surveys with other people in your community

We'll accept comments through mid-May.

View the sites and give your feedback

2018 open houses on potential locations

Open Houses are part of the final planning phase for our 2018-19 expansion. We will have a map of possible locations for bike share stations and graphics for each location. Drop in at any time during these open houses and stay for as long as you need. There will be no formal presentation.

DATE DROP-IN HOURS LOCATION FOCUS NEIGHBORHOOD(S)
Tuesday, March 20 6 - 8 p.m. BCYF Perkins
155 Talbot Ave, Dorchester
Dorchester and Mattapan
Thursday, March 22 6 - 8 p.m. BCYF Charlestown
255 Medford St, Charlestown
Charlestown
Tuesday, March 27 6 - 8 p.m. BCYF Jackson/Mann
500 Cambridge St, Allston
Allston and Brighton
Wednesday, March 28 6 - 8 p.m. Tenants Development Corporation
23 Wellington St, Boston
South End and parts of Roxbury
Saturday, March 31 10 a.m. - noon BCYF Curtis Hall
20 South St, Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain
Wednesday, April 4 6 - 8 p.m. Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St, Boston
Fenway and the Back Bay
Thursday, April 5 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. BCYF Condon
200 D St, South Boston
South Boston
Tuesday, April 10 6 - 8 p.m. Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Plaza, Boston
Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, the North End, and the West End
Wednesday, April 11 6 - 8 p.m. BCYF Tobin
1481 Tremont St, Boston
Longwood, Mission Hill, and Roxbury
Thursday, April 12 6 - 8 p.m. Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
1803 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester
Dorchester
Thursday, April 12 6 - 8 p.m. Roslindale Community Center
6 Cummins Highway, Roslindale
Roslindale and Jamaica Plain

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