Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hubway Bike Sharing Station Installation is Under Way

Hubway Bike Sharing is almost here. The installation of the first three rental stations is under way in Union Square, Beacon St. (at Washington St.), and at City Hall. Nine more stations will be installed in the City as the kiosks are made available by the manufacturer. Additional locations include Conway Park, Davis Square, Teele Square and Ball Square.  Plans for other locations will be finalized based on demand and performance data, but likely locations include Wilson Square, Nathan Tufts (Powder House) Park, Powder House Blvd, Davis Square East and Highland Avenue. For the full press release, see below. Photo by Luis Tamayo.

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Hayes Morrison announced today that kiosk installation was under way in Somerville for the popular metro-Boston Hubway bike-sharing system.  The first wave of kiosk setup would include locations at Union Square, Beacon Street near its intersection with Washington Street and at the City Hall Concourse. Hubway is also installing new kiosks in Cambridge and Brookline as the program expands beyond its very successful inaugural run in Boston last year.  An official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Hubway’s arrival in Somerville is scheduled for 10 a.m. on August 8th at the City Hall concourse kiosk at 93 Highland Avenue.

We couldn’t be more pleased and excited to get Hubway rolling in Somerville,” said Mayor Curtatone.  “Bike-sharing is a great fit with our efforts to make our city truly multimodal by providing a range of transportation alternatives.  It’s an extension of our efforts to make the city as bike-friendly as possible, as well as walkable and drive-able.  It’s environmentally responsible. It will provide additional connections to the Red Line, the coming Green Line Extension and other transit and commuter rail lines.   And it dovetails with our Shape Up Somerville initiative to promote healthy, active living.  It’s just a great addition to the Somerville scene.”     

Somerville has requested a total of twelve Hubway kiosks to be installed as soon as the equipment becomes available from the manufacturer. The rental stations will spread across the city from east to west because each new rental point is an extension of an existing central network. Additional locations include Conway Park, Davis Square, Teele Square and Ball Square.  Plans for other locations will be finalized based on demand and performance data, but likely locations include Wilson Square, Nathan Tufts (Powder House) Park, Powder House Blvd, Davis Square East and Highland Avenue. The program’s Somerville costs is funded by a $390,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration and an additional $235,000 from the City’s FY13 operating budget.”

“We’re working now to partner with local pharmacies to provide very affordable bicycle helmets at locations throughout Somerville,” said Morrison. “We believe that this can be a safe, cost-effective, fun and healthy transportation alternative – and we’re convinced that it’s going to be popular with many of our residents.”


  1. What no station at Magoun Square ?? Waiting an eternity for the GLX already, surely its a neighborhood that warrants assistance in getting around particularly to the T stations. A straight shoot up the bike path to Davis Sq.

  2. Do they have a map of Somerville at City Hall? You might want to have it replaced. Clearly the half showing the city east of Medford St has been badly damaged.

    Seriously, though. You're proposing 2 Tufts stops, 2 Davis Sq stops plus Teele and Highland Ave? A stop is already in place practically on top of Cambridge's Harvard stations, and yet there is no mention of anything for Winter Hill or East Somerville. What gives?

    I know you have your data, but I think there is a problem. People in Winter Hill and East Somerville may express lower interest in these programs because of lowered expectations. If residents in these neighborhoods don't believe they will be included with the "cool kids" along the Cambridge border, they are less likely to express interest. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Adding a station on Broadway in East Somerville and at Foss Park and Trum field would create a corridor spanning the city and connecting residents to athletic fields, T stations, and business districts under-served by public transportation.

  3. Could not agree with you more josh.

  4. The fees seem pretty high, especially for occasional users. There is a subsidized option for Boston residents; any chance of low-income Somerville residents being eligible for that (or something similar)?

  5. Even though Cambridge is installing a rack over on mass ave in Porter, I think a rack on the Elm St side of Porter would get heavy usage too. Especially because Davis has no grocery store and people could do quicker trips from Davis to Porter on Elm St.

  6. So we have the Hubway bike rental stations getting set up around the city, even as the much-ballyhooed bike enforcement basically disappears...

    Bike enforcement vaporizes while rental bikes make their debut--am I missing something here?

    Well, geez, never let it be said that City Hall let public safety get in the way of cyclists behaving badly...

    Cyclists RULE, Dude!

  7. I would very much like to see this program expanded to Broadway in East Somerville. To make that useful, Boston also needs to install one at Sullivan Square station (which is just outside Somervile).

  8. Ditto all the comments about East Somerville and Sullivan Square. Why does it seem that this part of the city is being ignored? I think a station at Sullivan Square would get LOTS of use!

  9. Thanks for your comments regarding placement of the Hubway bikes. The City's aim is for the Hubway system to grow to reach all of our neighborhoods and squares. These first 12 stations are just the first step. Because Hubway works best with stations no more than 1/4 mile apart, the system needs to grow from a base. Stations need close proximity because the further stations are from each other, the higher the chance there are no bikes available or nowhere to park your returning bike. The more people who sign up and use Hubway, the faster the system will grow and the faster it can get to all areas of the City.

    As for the placement of those 12 stations, due to the pending reconstruction of East Broadway, which begins this month, and due to documented bike usage patterns in the City, the current cluster of stations offers the best possible base to build more interest in the system. We already have plans for East Broadway stations once that project is complete.

    Meanwhile, significant investment is slated for East Somerville currently and over the next few years including the new East Somerville Community School, the new Chuckie Harris Park, East Broadway reconstruction, the Cross St. and Gilman St. Bridges, McCarthy overpass, I-93 maintenance and sound barriers, the Washington St. T-stop, and also Assembly Square redevelopment including the new Orange Line T-Stop. This part of the City is far from ignored; it will benefit from the investment of more than $700 million in Federal, State, and City funds for the above projects.

    With Hubway, we're trying to anchor the system in the most advantageous and safe (as in no major construction) areas first to create a sustainable system that will eventually go citywide. Just bear with us--and sign up. The more who use it, the faster it will grow.

    1. And just what's being done to make sure Hubway--and other--
      cyclists stay of the business-district sidewalks?

      Nothing, as far as I can see...Hear no evil, see no evil, etc.

  10. OMG

    This Hubway service is really expensive and no affordable at all!

  11. Anonymous,
    Pricewise, the Hubway system works best for short trips. The $85 annual Hubway membership ($9.40 per month, assuming they shut down for about 3 months for winter) provides unlimited use of the bikes for trips under 30 minutes. Or for $5, you can make unlimited 30-minute trips for a day. Once you start taking longer trips the prices do rise sharply; the system is not designed for use for day trips or trips over 2 hours. Annual memberships are also offered occasionally at a discount through some of the online daily deal programs.

  12. Actually its really cheap because I will have to drive less and I can give up my T Pass.

  13. Hey, ResiStat, you aren't into discussing pedestrian safety and cyclists behaving badly, are you?

    Looks like you've been muzzled by Hizzoner....

  14. Hi Anonymous from Aug. 21,

    For some of the recent discussions on Resistat about traffic safety--for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers--see the five posts below. Also, I've requested an update from the Police on the bicycle safety enforcement campaign and will post once I have it.

    Update: Bicycle Enforcement by the Numbers

    Check Out Somerville's New Bike and Pedestrian Safety Campaign Posters

    Somerville Police Announce Bicycle Safety and Enforcement Campaign

    What's OK When it Comes to Bikes and the Rules of the Road?

    Yes, We Do Need a Bicycle Safety Campaign

    (Sorry the links may not be active within this comment, but you can paste them into your search bar to find these posts.)

  15. The Board of Aldermen approved a request on August 16th to the Chief of Police to increase enforcement of bicycle regulations, but as of September 21st, I see no evidence of any enforcement...

    We can see where City Hall's priorities lie, and pedestrian public safety isn't one of them.

  16. Hi Anonymous (from 9/21/12), The Somerville Police continue to issue citations to cyclists, including 12 citations issued just last week. According to Deputy Chief Paul Upton, last week the department "dedicated three traffic officers to the Beacon St corridor. Most bicyclists were obeying regulations." We should have numbers soon on citations issued since April, when the police began an initiative to step up enforcement of bicycle regulations in advance of the bicycle-pedestrian-car safety campaign launched in May. More on that here: http://somervilleresistat.blogspot.com/2012/04/somerville-police-announce-bicycle.html and http://somervilleresistat.blogspot.com/2012/05/check-out-our-new-bike-and-pedestrian.html.

  17. Great, but I've been seeing sidewalk cyclists galore all summer and autumn in the city squares....

  18. Hi Guys, if you want to recommend a station to Hubway, go here http://www.thehubway.com/stations and click on/submit the preferred sites. Then tell your friends! I know that this is a workaround to getting East Somerville, etc. acknowledged, but it's a quick way to make yourself heard.

  19. Maybe there would be fewer sidewalk cyclists in Davis Sq. if the city re-painted the "no sidewalk bicycling" stencils at each curb cut -- you know, curb cuts, those things invented for handicapped access which cyclists use to ride on and off of sidewalks at will?

  20. This is good news for the bikers. Hubway Bike Sharing provides better alternative to transportation because they are cost-effective, healthy, and safe.


Please note that you are about to comment on a blog moderated by the City of Somerville. Questions and comments will be moderated, edited, and responded to as time allows.

Also note, there are certain legal terms associated with posting to this website which include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. No comments or posts may endorse any candidate or political parties for political office;
2. No comments or posts may advertise or offer to sell any goods or services; and
3. No comments or posts may defame or otherwise violate the legal rights of others.

A complete version of the legal terms and conditions for posting to this website is available here: http://somervilleresistat.org/uploads/Blog_legal_terms.pdf