Bike Share Expansion
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.
From June 2017 through spring 2018, you will have lots of opportunities to help us select where are our new stations will go!
- Share Information
June – August 2017
We are sharing information with neighborhood associations and community organizations across most of Boston about our planning process.
- Suggest via an Online Map
June – November 2017
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.
- Participate in Workshops
September – November 2017
We will host dozens of public workshops across the City and 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.
- 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 that they are available.
- 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!
- Get Ready to Ride
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!
Stations can be placed in the street, on the sidewalk, or in a plaza.
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 minute's 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.
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' wide. If the station is along the curb, we will need to offset the station another 1.5' to 3' 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.
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 3 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.
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.
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.