|New Balance Hubway|
|Locale||Boston, United States|
|Transit type||Bicycle sharing system|
|Number of stations||126|
|Began operation||July 28, 2011|
|Operator(s)||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Number of vehicles||about 1100 active |
Hubway (officially New Balance Hubway) is a bicycle sharing system in Boston, Massachusetts, sponsored by New Balance and 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.
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.
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. 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. In early August 2012, 17 new stations, including those in the planned expansion, were opened. Hubway now has over 100 stations throughout the Greater Boston area.
Membership and payments
Hubway offers annual, 3-day, and 24-hour memberships which allow access to the bicycle fleet for three seasons of the year. Like other bike sharing systems in areas that frequently experience snow and ice, Hubway suspends service and removes stations during the winter months (although Cambridge is experimenting with service all year round). An annual membership costs USD $85. A membership allows users to utilize a Hubway bicycle for 30 minutes at no cost after which a usage fee is incurred, though annual members receive a 25% fee discount.
The system utilizes bicycles and docking stations designed and manufactured by Montreal-based Bixi. There are 65 stations in the Boston neighborhoods of Allston-Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill, West End, North End, and the Financial District. The remaining 12 are scattered across the adjoining municipalities of Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.
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- "Hubway Bike-Sharing Program Gets Rolling". WBUR. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Frequently Asked Questions". Hubway. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Pricing". Hubway. Retrieved 31 December 2011.