Boston’s Hubway contemplates year-round service

Boston HubwayBoston’s bike sharing program, The Hubway, closed for the winter last week. Officials report that The Hubway recorded more than 530,000 rides before closing for the season; roughly 50% better than expected. The program’s popularity with tourists and residents alike means you can expect to see The Hubway continue to expand beyond it’s current 100+ bike stations and 1,000+ bikes in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline.

The program’s success also has officials now contemplating winter service; creating year-round service for members. According to The Boston Globe article this could happen as soon as next December. Current contracts and permits call for a nearly four-month closure, but the two-thirds of Hubway stations located on plazas and sidewalks could remain in place without posing an obstacle for street plowing.

Do you use The Hubway system here in Boston? Would you brave the ice, snow and cold in the winter to use the bike sharing program if stations remained open next winter?


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