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Bike Share Expansion 2024-2025

Our public bike share is coming to a street near you! 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. We will add more stations in every neighborhood across the city by Spring 2025. We are adding stations to high demand areas, and expanding into new areas too!

In the current phase, we are focusing on Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, North End, South End, and West End. We will hold three open houses to share potential sites with you. The content will be the same in all three open houses. You can also review sites and share your thoughts through our online surveys. We want your input on which sites would be best for the neighborhood.

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Phases

We began the first phase of expansion in Fall 2023, installing 8 new stations in Mattapan and Dorchester, and adding 31 docks to existing stations. Planning in this phase was accelerated to provide rapid response support for the Red Line diversion.

Open house dates and surveys coming soon!

We will start engagement for this phase in 2025. We aim to add 50 new stations in 2025 across Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, Fenway, Hyde Park, JP, Longwood, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury.

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. Today, nearly 90% of Boston households are within a 10-minute walk of a bike share station. 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. Most 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.

Updates

Updates

In July 2024, we sent an email to the project list about upcoming in-person and virtual open houses. At these events, we will share potential sites with you and answer questions. We published surveys to collect your comments. We are posting signs and flyers at potential sites. 

We want your input on which sites would work best for the neighborhood.

Before looking for potential sites, we needed to understand where within Boston’s 48.4 square miles the 100 new bikeshare stations should be placed, and more importantly, why they should go there. The City’s Analytics Team applied geospatial data analysis and data science methodologies to thoughtfully inform where these new stations should be installed.

READ THE PROJECT SUMMARY

We began the first phase of expansion in Fall 2023, installing 8 new stations in Mattapan and Dorchester, and adding 31 docks to existing stations. Planning in this phase was accelerated to provide rapid response support for the Red Line diversion.

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced a plan to grow our public bike share system by 40 percent, adding more than 100 new stations over the next three years. This commitment is part of a larger plan to create safe streets for all modes of transportation. To do this, Boston is expanding Bluebikes to accommodate rising demand, designing traffic-calmed streets by building speed humps and raised crosswalks, and hiring more staff to aid in the design process. 

The announcement was covered by local news outlets.

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE

Bike share perks

Bike 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.

Boston residents, regardless of income, can get a $60/year Bluebikes membership if they have not had a Bluebikes membership within the last three years. We offer a discounted membership for Boston residents with limited incomes, which costs just $5 each yearSome employers or schools also offer discounted memberships! Without a membership, one trip costs just $2.95 for 45 minutes on a pedal bike (ebikes have an additional per-minute fee). Or, you can purchase a Day 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!

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