Hubway Bike Sharing Service to Add 11 Boston Stations

The growing network of shared bikes is adding 11 Boston stations soon. But Charlestown still may not have any.

You've seen tourists and commuters pedaling along the city's streets on the unmistakeable "Hubway" shared bicycles. Or perhaps you're among the network's growing legion of users.

Either way, expect more of the shared bikes soon, as the city opens 11 new Hubway stations. Charlestown , though .

The expansion will add 400 bikes to the system, according to the Herald. Expansion continues outside Boston, too, as 30 more stations will soon be up and working in Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline.

Hubway users pay a membership fee, plus charges for rides more than 30 minutes.

The city's acting bike czar, Kris Carter, said the exact locations of Boston's 11 new Hubway stations are still being worked out.

"We are looking at adding stations in Roxbury, Dorchester, Charlestown, Allston, and in the downtown core of Boston," Carter said in an email to Patch. "I’ll have a more definite list for you once all the permitting and community meetings are completed in the new few weeks. Look for new stations during the middle of August."

Rob O'Brien July 31, 2012 at 04:48 PM
You are absolutely right that there is a need and space for many stations all over Charlestown. But Hubway is not just designed to serve the residents of a neighborhood. It also faciltates visits by visitors, including tourists, who bring money into our local businesses. This move delays the introduction of a service that provides benefits to Charlestown (residents and visitors) at no cost to Charlestown. Why? So that we make sure that the first two sites are the "best"? (I put that in quotes because there will always be disagreement on that point). In that scenario we might get two stations in 2013 at the "best" spots. However, if we got two stations in mid-August, we might have 4 stations in 2013 when Hubway sees how enthusiastic Charlestown is. I simply fail to see how 0 stations could be better than 2 stations when (1) we don't pay for them and (2) they can be easily moved after they are taken away for the winter and brought back in the spring.
Vincent Caristo July 31, 2012 at 06:29 PM
You make many good points. So, I have to think it over. So does the CNC. No rush here. We will have this facility. Charlestown is one of the prime locations in Boston. We will not be ignored. However, we need to be sure we are not exploited. Again, why rush? Let's take time to consider our options. Business will make money. Residents must have benefits. Question: Are there discounts offered for Charlestown residents? If not-Why not? All kinds of folk want to take advantage of our hometown. What is in it for us? Convenience? More business activity? What is the Charlestown magnet? I always felt that it was our link to the past, our connection to the future, our residents who make it all possible. When ohers want to use our legacy to make profits we need to be sure that Charlestown as a neighborhood is protected and SERVED. God bless these people who wish to provide our residents and visitors with another service. I just wonder, can't they do more to insure that the majority of RESIDENTS are served as they seek the monies from tourists. Make no mistake, this is all about money. The company will do very well. Good for them. Charlestown residents also want to do well.
Rob O'Brien July 31, 2012 at 06:57 PM
The urgency is generated by Hubway's expansion schedule. Unfortunately for us, they will not drop two new stations whenever we get around to approving the locations. My sense from following the stories is that without the CNC approval, we will get 0 or 1 stations in 2012 and have to wait yet another year to have the same access to a great transportation network that other neighborhoods enjoy at no cost. It seems silly to turn down (at least for now) the opportunity for a free amenity that hundreds of Charlestown residents are excited about. I agree that Alta Bicycle, the company that runs Hubway, is a for-profit company. I do not see the relevance. They want to expand their network to gather more Charlestown users. Many of us want to use their bikes and are willing to pay their fees. The notion that we are going be able to extract concessions from Alta Bicycle (such as discounts for Charlestown residents) by withholding access to our neighborhood is a bit far-fetched. It is extremely implausible that we could get a discount that every single other neighborhood would then demand in a "me too." Rather, and what you see already happening, is that Alta will just bypass us. That denies Charlestown residents access and further isolates us from the larger network. I wonder who is "served" by such action. This isn't an attempt to exploit Charlestown, we're already late to the game.
Bette Task July 31, 2012 at 09:23 PM
If enough people sign the petition, I don't see why we should have to wait for a vote by the CNC. The people of Charlestown will have spoken. Sign the petition!
Nathan Blanchet July 31, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Wow! I'm amazed. We blew by our goal of 100 signatures at 9:30 AM (15 hours after first posting), and just got the 200th signature in under 24 hours. A few people have asked me to wait until tomorrow or Thursday before officially delivering this to the addressees (some of whom have actually signed it) so that more people have a chance to sign. Sounds good to me. Thanks for everyone's support, and keep sharing with friends, family, and neighbors!


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