Bike Share Expansion 2020-2021
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.
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Get involved!Get involved!
In March, we were invited to share potential locations to neighborhood groups. We collected feedback and heard advice for potential station locations.
- West Fairmount Hill
- Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
- Grew Park Neighborhood Association
- Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council
We're happy to meet with you and your neighbors at a virtual meeting! Please send us an email at email@example.com.
We hosted a virtual public meeting on May 11, 2021, to get feedback on potential locations for new Bluebikes bike share stations.
We mailed more than 2,200 letters to all residents who live near the potential locations to notify them of the meeting and invite their feedback.Sample letters to residents:
We also posted signs on the street near each potential location we are considering to add a Bluebikes station.
We collected initial suggestions for Bluebikes stations via an online survey. We explored the suggestions in the field to get a sense of whether they would meet physical requirements for a Bluebikes station.
Bike share perksBike share perks
Adding Bluebikes to driving or taking public transit can help you reduce overall transportation costs.
For example, many people drive or take public transit and ride Bluebikes for shorter trips. By riding Bluebikes for shorter trips once in a while, you can stretch your gas tank over a longer period of time. This allows you to save money on fewer trips to the gas station.
A regular annual membership costs as little as $9 each month, or $109 per year. We offer a discounted membership for those with limited incomes, which costs just $50 for the year or $5 each month. Some employers or schools also offer discounted memberships! Without a membership, one trip costs just $2.50 for 45 minutes. Or, you can purchase an Adventure Pass, which gives you 24-hour access to check out bikes for two hours at a time.
Live on the third floor? Bluebikes stations make it easy to grab a bike when you’re in a rush. You won’t need to worry about carrying a bike down or up several flights of stairs. Bluebikes also receive regular maintenance checks.
Say your sister is using your car, you can still catch a ride by finding a Bluebikes at your nearest station. Need to drop your car off at an auto body shop? You can take Bluebikes home. Plus, in most of Boston, you can usually find a station just a 10 minute walk away wherever you are!
Last year, Bluebikes trips increased at stations near many of the region's off-street bike paths, such as the Neponset River Trail in Mattapan. Additionally, our annual bike counts data recorded twice as many people biking in our Mattapan count location at Mattapan Square than previous years.
Potential Sites in Mattapan
We found seven potential locations for four to six new station sites.
#4 CUMMINS HIGHWAY AT ITASCA ST
#5 Blue hill ave t stop
Site drawings unavailable. pending cote village construction.
Potential sites in Hyde Park
We found ten potential locations for four to six new stations in Hyde Park.
#15 Hyde park ave at arlington st
Learn How We Plan
Suggest a Location in Mattapan or Hyde Park
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.
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.
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.
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.