SYSTEM ALERT: Hubway has begun deploying stations in Boston today in preparation for the spring season. Somerville and Brookline stations will follow shortly.
PLEASE NOTE: While the Cambridge winter pilot is still taking place as normal, at this time Boston / Brookline / Somerville stations are not operational and they will not accept bicycle returns. Plans are to fully connect all deployed stations near the end of March.
If you have any question about whether a particular station is open or closed, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-4HUBWAY (448-2929).
This is an excerpt of an article that was originally published by Jill Barker in The Montreal Gazette on March 2nd, 2014.
In one study, most of the users of a bike-share program were men 15 to 44. Bixi could maximize health benefits by trying to boost ridership among women and older cyclists. Men benefit from a decrease in heart disease, while women have a reduction in depression, the study, in London, showed.
When all factors were considered, including the risks associated with cycling, the boost in physical activity among bike-share users resulted in significant health gains at the population level. Men benefited from a decrease in heart disease while women had a reduction in depression. Because women used the service less than men, though, they realized fewer health benefits.
At the individual level, however, the health benefits were small, due mainly to the infrequent use of the bikes. Researchers estimated a reduced death rate of 3.3 — 10.9 deaths per million users per year.
As for the effects of air pollution on urban cyclists, the researchers estimated that exposure levels were small and of little effect as compared to other modes of transportation.
When it came to road injuries, the rate of injury was lower than for cycling in general, despite the lack of compulsory helmets. It was hypothesized that the heavier, sturdy bikes resulted in reduced speeds, which when combined with designated bike paths and built-in lights, made the use of city bikes safer than traditional road bikes.
Overall, the researchers concluded, the benefits of using bike-share programs outweighed any risk. This is especially true as cyclists got older. In a younger population, 30 to 44 years old, where the risk of chronic disease is lower, the health effects were minimal. But for bike-share users 45 to 59 years of age, the extra physical activity had a far greater impact on health.
Boston – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in partnership with Hubway, the City of Boston, the City of Cambridge, the City of Somerville, and the Town of Brookline, today released new and comprehensive trip data from the Hubway bike-share system. Taken as a whole, these data can illustrate major travel patterns, help Hubway plan new stations and optimize rebalancing, and even show where new transit connections might be needed.
The data include information on Hubway trips from the July 2011 launch through the end of the regular 2013 season. Information includes the starting and ending time and date of every Hubway ride; which Hubway bike was used and from which station; whether the rider was an annual or monthly member or was using a one-day pass; and the gender and zip code of the rider.
This release updates the data on which the 2012 Hubway Data Challenge, MAPC’s public data visualization competition, was based. The new data are available for download at www.hubwaydatachallenge.org, where all the entries from the data challenge are still available.
STAY TUNED: MAPC will be announcing another transportation-related data challenge in early March.
For more information about the Hubway data release, please contact Jessica Robertson, Transportation Coordinator at MAPC, at JRobertson@mapc.org.
ABOUT MAPC The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in Greater Boston. Our work is guided by our regional plan, “MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region.”
SYSTEM ALERT: Due to a forecast of inclement weather, we will temporarily close Hubway at 5:00PM on Saturday, February 15th, to protect the safety of our members and staff. No bikes can be rented after the temporary closure has begun, though any bikes in use at the time can be returned to any Hubway station with an available dock.
We understand that forecasts vary and may change. Closure and re-opening information will be posted here on the Hubway website, in addition to Facebook and Twitter. Annual and monthly members will also be informed of closure and re-opening via email.
If you have any question about whether the system is open or closed, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-4HUBWAY (448-2929). The Hubway Severe Weather Closure Policy can be found here.
We’re excited to present the winning photos in our #WinterWonderHubway contest! Each of the savvy photogs/posters below will make a visit to Cambridge City Hall to receive a winter-Hubway-customized bike bag from the fantastic folks at Timbuk2! Thanks to everyone who participated and rode. You can customize your own Timbuk2 bag HERE. Scroll over the images below to reveal the winning photos, and click to see each post!