Boston expands bike share to East Boston
June 13, 2016
The Boston Transportation Department announced plans to bring the popular New Balance Hubway bike share program to 10 locations in East Boston this year. These stations are in addition to 10 new stations opening this summer in Roxbury and northern Dorchester.
"By expanding Hubway across the harbor to East Boston, we are giving more of our residents access to bike-sharing, which is good for our economy, our environment and our health," said Mayor Walsh. "We will continue to work to provide residents with a diverse range of transportation options."
The New Balance Hubway system is regional public transportation by bike, owned by the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville. With more than 13,000 annual members and over 100,000 short-term passes sold each year, the Hubway system will celebrate its 5th birthday this July and 5 million trips this fall.
"Bringing Hubway to East Boston is a major milestone for the program," said Boston Transportation Commissioner Fiandaca. "With these new stations, East Boston residents and visitors will have an active, fun way to get around the neighborhood.”
The Boston Transportation Department will work alongside the public to help plan the new stations. Everyone is welcome to attend a community workshop on June 30 at the East Boston Public Library to talk about what makes a good location for a Hubway station and work together to identify general locations for new stations. People will be able to prioritize specific locations via a survey conducted by street teams from the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing and the East Boston Social Center, via an online version of the survey, and by dropping by an open house on July 28.
Get ready to #takehubway in East Boston!
- Community Workshop – June 30 6:30 - 8 p.m., East Boston Public Library
- Community Open House – July 28, 6:00 - 8 p.m., East Boston Public Library
New Balance Hubway is metro-Boston's bike-sharing system with more than 1,600 bikes at 160 stations in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville. The City of Boston has the longest-running subsidized bike-share membership program in the country, offering Hubway memberships to low-income residents for just $5 per year. For more information about subsidized memberships please visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/ or call 617-635-1470. Find out more about the New Balance Hubway system, station expansions, deployments, and outages/closures at www.thehubway.com, on Twitter and on Facebook.