Mayor Martin J. Walsh along with the Boston Transportation Department/Boston Bikes ann-ounced this week that work is underway to expand the Hubway Bike Share System to 15 additional station locations throughout the City, including two locations in Charlestown.
“Hubway is a healthy, affordable option for Boston residents to get to school or work, and I am thrilled we are able to expand it to even more neighborhoods,” said Mayor Walsh. “We will continue to work with our community partners so that all of our residents have access to a diverse range of transportation options.”
The New Balance Hubway Bikeshare System launched in Boston in 2011 with 60 stations and 600 bicycles. With this expansion, the total number of stations in Boston will be 108 with approximately 1,100 bicycles. During the inaugural season, a total of 142,300 trips were recorded. Since that time, the program has expanded to include the neighboring municipalities of Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, and the number of trips taken to date is approaching four million.
New station installations are beginning this week at the following locations:
- Main Street at Eden Street, Charlestown
- Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown
The City of Boston partnered with MassDOT, the MBTA, MassPort, Bunker Hill Community College, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Zoo New England to offer these convenient station locations with direct access to public transportation, parks and bike routes. This year’s expansion was funded in part by generous sponsorships from Gerding Edlen, Skanska and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Revenues from memberships and advertising fund the system’s operation. 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.