Hubway Bike Share
Hubway is public transportation by bike, owned by the municipalities of Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, and Somerville. The Hubway bike share system is fully integrated amongst the municipalities, so travel is seamless.
With over 11,000 members, Hubway users have made over two million trips since the system launched in 2011!
What's New In Cambridge?
2014 sees the addition of six new stations in Cambridge!
June/July 2014 (three stations):
April/May 2014 (three stations):
Also Underway: A review of the exact location of the Dana Park station. The City is taking input on options for the long-term location of the station, which is currently located on Lawrence Street. In response to neighbors questions', the City conducted a parking study to look at available parking around Dana Park at various times of day and days of the week. An Open House was also held. See here for details on the Dana Park station, including ways to offer your input.
For more news and up-to-date information about Hubway: www.thehubway.com
What Is Bike Sharing?
Bike Sharing provides you with an accessible and green transit option. Take a bike from a location near your home or office and pedal your way to the next lunch meeting, errand or shopping trip, or to visit friends and family. The cost of your membership includes unlimited rides under 30 minutes; longer rides incur additional usage fees.
Why Use a Bike Share?
Bike sharing is an easy and affordable way to bike in Cambridge. You can ride anywhere in the region and return your bike to any Hubway station in Cambridge, Boston, Somerville and Brookline. You never have to worry about storing a bike at home. Hubway is great for visitors, for one way trips, and every day users.
How Can I Join?
Information about joining the network is available at www.thehubway.com.
How Can I Try it Out?
Curious about bike share but not ready to make a membership commitment? One-day passes are the way to go. For just $6.00 you can get a one-day pass for an unlimited number of 30-minute trips. Click here for more information.
About the Bikes
Hubway bikes are easy, fun and safe to use and ride. They are step-thru frames, have 3 speeds, front and rear flashing LED lights and a handy front rack. Hubway bikes are designed to be used comfortably by people of a wide range of heights, simply by adjusting the seat height.
Bike Sharing Stations
As of July 2014, Cambridge has 33 bike share locations! The entire system in Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Boston is interchangeable so you can use any bike or station at your convenience at 140 locations.
Click here for a map of the entire Hubway system. The map displays live data on the availability of bicycles and open docks at each station. You can also use it to suggest station locations.
Bike sharing stations are generally located on the street, on the sidewalk, or in a public plaza and are placed in active spaces throughout the city. A standard station will consist of 19 bike docking stations and 10 bikes. The stations are solar powered and will also include a kiosk for purchases and a two-sided information panel with maps and instructions.
Data Visualization Challenge
Hubway, the vendor for the regional bikeshare program, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council invited the public to participate in a data visualization challenge. Hubway made available data from over a half million bike trips and the team with the best visualization won a free one year membership.
Click here to view the visualizations.
Interested in Contributing to a Bike Share Station Near Your Business? Be a Champion!
Bike share stations are a great opportunity to support your employees or bring tourists and new customers to your business.
The City is looking for partners – designated as Program Champions -- who can help fund the installation and maintenance of stations. These partners will contribute to the station installation and maintenance expenses in exchange for donor acknowledgement. Champions will be publicly acknowledged on the station, on the website, and in other materials as per mutual agreement. Station names will also be relevant to the site and chosen by mutual agreement with donors and the City. Champions also can offer their employees reduced membership rates ($50 for an annual membership instead of the standard $85).
The total cost of equipment, installation, and 3-years of operation and maintenance for a standard bike share station is $94,000. Donors are also encouraged to partially fund a station. Arrangements can be made to pay over three years, with the equipment, installation, and first year of operation and maintenance costs paid up front and the second and third years of operation and maintenance paid later.
Click here for a flyer with more information.
Are you interested in encouraging your employees to use Hubway? Hubway's Corporate Accounts options help to solve your company's transit concerns - providing you with the ability to encourage active transportation as a benefit or reward, while strengthening your commitment to green initiatives.
Click here to learn more about corporate memberships on the Hubway website.
More about the Benefits of Bike Share
Minneapolis Bike Share Users Spend Thousands More at Nearby Businesses
The University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs looked at the economic benefits for businesses located near a bike share station. They found that on average, users spending an additional $1.29 per trip at local businesses, and that generally the frequented sit-down restaurants, coffee shops bars, and grocery stores. Extrapolated out over the entire system, bike share users were spending an additional $150,000 a year.
Read the news article for more information.
Bike Share Stations Attract People to the Neighborhood
The Project for Public Spaces says that bike share stations are natural conversation starters, attract a stream of diverse users at all times of day and night, and become landmarks that concentrate activity - all things that are important for adjacent businesses. Read more here.
Bike Share Cities are Safer
Cities with bike share programs demonstrated a 28% decrease in cycling injuries. Read more here.
Cambridge has also seen a continuing decrease in bicycle crash rates, see here for more information.
Bicycling is Healthy
There is a plethora of evidence proving the health benefits of active transportation in general and bicycling in particular. Here are just a few references.
Bike Share Benefits the Local Bike Shop
Local bike shop owners in Washington, DC noticed an uptick in business after the Capital Bike Share system rolled out. Bike share is getting more people interested in bicycling, growing the entire market for bike shops. Read more here.
Hubway Title VI Disclosures
To learn more about Title VI and Hubway, click on the following links:
Know Your Rights About Hubway
Hubway Title VI English
Hubway Title VI Spanish
Hubway Title VI Complaint Form
For More Information
For more information about bicycle sharing or to learn more about donating to the bike share program, please contact Cara Seiderman, firstname.lastname@example.org, at 617/349-4629.
For other questions about Hubway, go to the Hubway website.
For other questions about bicycle transportation, see our FAQ page.