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Bike Share Expansion 2020-2021

Our public bike share is coming to a street near you! In 2021, we're focused on Mattapan and Hyde Park. We want your help in finding the best spots.

We are working to make our public bike share more reliable and convenient for you to use. In 2020 and 2021, we will add more stations in neighborhoods across the City. For the first time, we are able to bring stations to Hyde Park, and we'll fill in gaps in Mattapan too!

To help us pick good locations, first watch a brief overview on Bluebikes and how we plan for new stations. Then use the survey form to suggest some good spots in Hyde Park and Mattapan.

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Potential sites in Mattapan and Hyde Park

We need your feedback on potential locations for bike share in expansion areas in Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Dorchester! See the site plans for the potential locations below.

Click "share your thoughts" to enter comments in any of the sites' online surveys below:

Mattapan surveys

Contact: Transportation

We found seven potential locations for four to six new station sites.

An overview map of potential bike share sites in Mattapan and Dorchester

#1 BUTLER TROLLEY T STOP

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bike share diagram on path to Butler Trolley platform

#2 morton st at gallivan blvd

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bike share diagram on sidewalk outside of Norfolk Hardware

#3A almont st at itasca st

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bike share diagram on Almont St northwest of intersection with Itasca st

 

#3B ALMONT ST AT HUNT PLAYGROUND/ALMONT PARK

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Bike share diagram on Almont St sidewalk adjacent to Almont Park

#4 CUMMINS HIGHWAY AT ITASCA ST

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bike share diagram on Cummins Highway west of intersection with Itasca St

#5 Blue hill ave t stop

Site drawings unavailable. pending cote village construction.

Potential sites in Hyde Park

We found seven potential locations for four to six new stations in Hyde Park.

Overview map of potential bike share locations.

#6A River St at Wachusett St

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Bike share diagram on raised brick island on River St sidewalk east of intersection with Wachusett St

#6B River st at massasoit st

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Bike share diagram at the Shops at Riverwood. Specific site selection pending field visit with property owner

#7 shops at riverwood

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Bike share diagram at the Shops at Riverwood. Specific site selection pending field visit with property owner

#8 River St at West st

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Bike share diagram on River St northeast of intersection with West St

 

#9 truman highway at fairmount ave

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Bike share diagram at Truman Highway sidewalk, southwest of the intersection with Fairmount Ave

 

#10 cleary square

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Bike share diagram on sidewalk in Cleary Square, outside the US Post Office

#11 Hyde park library

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A bike share diagram of a potential site on the sidewalk adjacent to the Hyde Square branch library municipal parking lot.

What makes a good location?

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 within an easy walk from you. We want to provide bike share within a 10-minute walk of most of Boston. Where a lot of people use the system, like in downtown neighborhoods, you should find a station by walking between 3 and 5 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.