Bike Share Expansion 2020-2021
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:
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 seven potential locations for four to six new stations in Hyde Park.
#11 Hyde park library
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.