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Owner The municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, Massachusetts.
Locale Boston, United States
Transit type Bicycle sharing system
Number of stations 140 (2014)
Began operation July 28, 2011
Operator(s) Alta Bicycle Share
Number of vehicles over 1,300 active [1]
Hubway bike visits New York

Hubway is a bicycle sharing system in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area, operated by Alta Bicycle Share using Bixi bikes and docking stations. The bike share program officially launched on July 28, 2011 with 61 stations and 600 bicycles. Expansions were already being planned for in the spring of 2012, adding more stations in Boston as well as the neighboring cities and towns of Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. As of September 2014, the system has deployed 140 stations with a fleet of over 1,300 bikes.


On Earth Day, April 21, 2011, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino signed a contract with Alta Bicycle Share, officially announcing the launch of a bike share system in Boston. Planned as a regional system, Hubway was initiated under Mayor Menino's nationally recognized Boston Bikes Program, which aims to build Boston into one of the world's premiere cycling cities. The program was fully funded by $4.5 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration and local organizations.[2]

Hubway officially launched on July 28, 2011, with an event in which members could ride bicycles from City Hall Plaza to a designated bicycle station. The event featured Mayor Menino, representatives from various sponsors, and related agencies.[3] In November 2011, Hubway was shutdown and disassembled for the winter as a preventative measure to counter New England winter weather.

On March 15, 2012, Hubway was relaunched for the season. By the end of the 2012 season on November 28th, the system had 105 stations and 1,050 bikes. Again, Hubway was shutdown and disassembled for the winter. The system reopened on April 2, 2013, and by the end of November 2013 had expanded to 130 stations and 1,200 bikes. While a majority of the stations were shutdown again for the winter season, 25 stations in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, remained open during a winter pilot program. After the full system relaunched on April 2, 2014, the system grew to 140 stations and over 1,300 bikes.[4]

Membership and payments[edit]

Annual members are given an RFID key like the one pictured here.

Hubway offers annual, monthly, 72-hour, and 24-hour memberships which allow access to the bicycle fleet. Like other bike sharing systems in areas that frequently experience snow and ice, Hubway typically suspends service and removes stations during the winter months, though the City of Cambridge operated a year round pilot from December 2013 through March 2014.[5] An annual membership costs USD $85. A membership allows users to utilize a Hubway bicycle for unlimited trips up to 30 minutes in duration at no additional cost. After 30 minutes, additional "overtime" fees are incurred, though annual members and monthly members receive a 25% fee discount.[6]


Locations of Hubway stations as of September 2014

The system utilizes bicycles and docking stations designed and manufactured by Montreal-based Bixi. The stations are scattered across the Boston neighborhoods of Allston-Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill, West End, North End, and the Financial District, as well as adjoining municipalities of Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hubway Media Kit". Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mayor Menino Signs First-Ever Bike Share Contract Launching Hubway in Boston". City of Boston. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hubway Bike-Sharing Program Gets Rolling". WBUR. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hubway Media Kit". Hubway. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Hubway. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pricing". Hubway. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 

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