Saturday, May 25, 2013
Officials told the Boston Herald the city is committed to making local roadways more bike-friendly.
Boston will be getting more bike lanes and Hubway bike share stations, the Boston Herald reported Tuesday, just two days after a visiting MIT scientist was struck and killed while riding her bike in the Kenmore Square area. The city plans to add up to 20 miles of new bike lanes and 20 new Hubway kiosks and might also look to install cycle tracks on major roadways from Roxbury to the Public Garden, Transportation Commissioner Tom Tinlin told the Herald. Last week, a new Hubway station opened at the recently built Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard, and Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman told Patch that another kiosk is planned in the Hayes Square area. With plans to install more stations in South Boston, …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Hubway bike share system’s official re-launch is today, coinciding with the Boston Red Sox home opener.
Coming off of a solid road start to the season, the Boston Red Sox play their first home game of the year today, the same day as Boston’s popular bike share system opens for the season. Mayor Thomas Menino announced Friday improvements for the Hubway bike share system, which officially reopens today citywide. Ninety-five of the 112 stations will be operational today. The remaining stations will go online mid-month. According to a press release, below are some new additions to Hubway for 2013: Crews will ride the entirety of the Hubway system today handing out to Hubway members free Boston Red Sox T-shirts and, free Hubway day passes and one ticket to today’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at 2:05 p.m. The New Balance Hubway teamed up …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Despite the snow, the system should undergo a “full launch” the first or second week of April.
There’s still snow on the ground and it still feels like the dead of winter, but in anticipation of warmer days ahead, Hubway is starting to roll out its rental bikes across Boston and Cambridge. Bicycles will be available throughout the Hubway bike sharing system the first or second week of April, according to Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston. Eleven of these stations will be in and near the Back Bay. They will be at: Thirty to 50 stations will be reopened throughout Boston leading up to the April full system launch, Freedman said. The system now stretches from Davis Square in Somerville to Brighton to the University of Massachusetts.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Hubway bicycle share system has taken off in Boston in its first two seasons.
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Tuesday, March 5
Boston’s popular three-season bicycle share system has done more than provide residents with a quick, cheap mode of transportation, it's taken a few cars off the road in the process. Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston, said 13 percent of the 675,000 rides taken in the first two years of the Hubway system are “car replacement” rides, according to survey data collected by the city. In other words, those riders signaled that if not for their Hubway bike ride, they would be driving, Freedman said. That amounts to 87,750 rides that were taken on a bicycle as opposed to in a car. The Hubway system has been available to the public for about 240 days per year in its first two seasons, Freedman said. The system, …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Nicole Freedman was instrumental in several Boston-based bicycle initiatives, most notably the Hubway system.
After nine months away from the city, the Boston Bikes program has its director back. Nicole Freedman, director of Mayor Thomas Menino’s Boston Bikes program from 2007 to April 2012, will resume the role, according to a statement released Thursday. Freedman, well known in Jamaica Plain, left in April to become executive director of Maine Huts and Trails in Kingfield, Maine, according to the statement. Kris Carter served as interim director in Freedman’s absence. “I’m so excited to be back in Boston, and grateful for the vision of the Mayor, and the work of Kris Carter and the team of people who have continued to lead Boston Bikes on a successful path,” Freedman said in the statement. “Over the past five years, the program has made …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Hubway bike-sharing system is shutting down for the winter.
Thirteen more Hubway bike-sharing stations in and around Boston were taken offline Monday and Tuesday for the winter. Here’s the latest list, as provided by the Hubway’s website: Monday, November 26th: Ball Square Beacon St at Washington / Kirkland Wilson Square Lafayette Square at Mass Ave / Main St / Columbia St Lechmere Station at Cambridge St / First St Harvard University / SEAS Jefferson Laboratory at 15 Oxford Street Tuesday, November 27th: Boylston / Mass Ave Boylston at Fairfield Boylston St / Berkeley St Boylston St. at Arlington St. Newbury St / Hereford St Beacon St / Mass Ave Kenmore Sq / Comm Ave Last week 12 stations were taken down including the Plaza, Washington/Lenox, Washington/Waltham, Aggannis Arena, Allston Greenway …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Boston’s bike co-op, The Hubway, operates from March to late November and has begun taking bikes in for the winter.
Summer’s warmth is gone and along with it goes Boston’s bicycle share program. The city is in the process of shutting down the Hubway bicycle system station-by-station. At the moment, the 10 Back Bay stations are still online, but citywide, 12 stations were taken offline last week, according to a schedule on the Hubway’s website. They include: Andrew Station,Brigham Circle, Charlestown - Main St/Austin St., South Bay Plaza, Washington/Lenox, Washington/Waltham, Aggannis Arena, Allston Green District, BU Central, Buswell/Park, Overland/Brookline, Yawkey Way/Boylston. Last year, the entire system was taken offline by Dec. 1. The site provides a map for Hubway stations currently active, out of service, planned and new. The bikes are …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
While city officials are still eager to partner with MIT helmet vendors HelmetHub, a fix to the lack of helmets on the Hubway is unclear.
Boston’s Hubway bicycle sharing system provided 650,000 trips in its first 12 months of operation, and while the program appears to be a success there’s been one glaring omission: helmets. Kris Carter, interim director of Boston Bikes, said at a Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association Meeting that a helmet system was supposed to be in place last fall but never came to pass. “The mayor is aware of the need,” he said. Carter was at the meeting to pitch the idea of a Hubway station in Jamaica Plain, but a conversation on the system's lack of helmets erupted. He said Hubway officials are looking into teaming up with HelmetHub, an MIT-based company, which has created a helmet vending machine. Though the Hubway system has exceeded …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Five Things You Need To Know Today, August 8.
1. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting a warm, sunny day with a high of 87. The evening will cloud over and the temperatures will drop to 69 degrees. 2. MFA Outdoor Tour: Art Architecture and Gardens. Come take a half hour long walking tour of the MFA and the Fenway neoighborhood. Learn about the architecture, the out door works of art, the gardens and the Back Bay Fens. Tour is free with admission and leaves from the Sharf Visitor center at 11 a.m. 3. Jorge Arce Presents Arfo-Caribeno for Children: The Boston Public Library invites you to bring the kids down to the Rabb Lecture Hall from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. to learn about the Caribbean culture and music for free. 4. Hubway Rolls in to Town: The Hubway Bicycle Share System …
Friday, July 27, 2012
With the Back Bay station and others in Boston a success, the growing network of shared bikes is adding 11 stations across city neighborhoods and a total of 30 including surrounding areas.
Back Bay was one of the first areas in the city to have a Hubway station. Now, the city plans to add 30 more stations across Boston neighborhoods and surrounding cities including Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline. The expansion will add 400 bikes to the system, according to the Herald. Hubway users pay a membership fee, plus charges for rides more than 30 minutes. The city's acting bike czar, Kris Carter, said the exact locations of Boston's 11 new Hubway stations are still being worked out. "We are looking at adding stations in Roxbury, Dorchester, Charlestown, Allston, and in the downtown core of Boston," Carter said in an email to Patch. "I’ll have a more definite list for you once all the permitting and community meetings are …