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Bike Share: Hubway

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Establishing a bike share program in cold climates


Founded in 2011, Hubway includes a fleet of over 1,000 bicycles at more than 100 bike share stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, MA.  The system is part of the Alta Bike share group, which includes Chicago’s Divvy Bikes, Australia’s Melbourne Bike Share, Washington DC’s Capital Bikeshare, New York City’s Citi Bike, and others. The program was funded by $4.5 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration and local organizations.

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A Hubway bike share station (Photo:

Memberships start at $6 per day or $85 per year. While many Hubway stations are removed for the winter, the Cambridge portion of the system operates year round, closing as necessary for weather events. Hubway removes the bikes from kiosks before blizzards, and plows stations in case of heavy snowfall

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A Hubway station in Boston during a snowstorm (Photo:

Bike sharing systems consist of a fleet of shared bicycles often accessible with an electronic key or fob. Bicycles are docked at network of stations sited at regular intervals around a city, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival. Bike sharing is growing rapidly. In the US, 2013 had a 90% increase in new bike sharing systems over the previous year. As of 2013, 678 cities worldwide have deployed bike share systems. In addition, 186 cities worldwide are planning future bike share systems (Metrobike.)

Project Location :

Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, MA, USA

Development Context:





Mass Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Federal Transit Administration
Operating Partners: Operator: Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.
Bikeshare Equipment Manufacturer: PBSC Urban Solutions (PBSC)
Consultants: Alta Planning + Design, Arnold Worldwide, Classic Graphx, Site Creative, Tools Unlimited
Sponsor: New Balance

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