After conversations with neighbourhood residents and community leaders, Boston Transportation Department has selected eight new locations for Bluebikes stations in Hyde Park.
The City of Boston has announced 12 new bike-share stations for its Bluebikes bike-share programme.
The new stations will provide eco-friendly transportation options along the Hyde Park Avenue corridor into Cleary Square. Additional stations will be added in Mattapan and Dorchester as part of this year’s expansion.
After conversations with neighbourhood residents and community leaders, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) identified eight new locations for Bluebikes stations in Hyde Park, as well as four additional locations in Mattapan and Dorchester.
“I’m proud to bring public bike share to Boston’s vibrant Hyde Park neighbourhood,” said Kim Janey, mayor of Boston.
“Bluebikes provides affordable and sustainable transportation, linking Boston’s residents to work, school and public attractions across the city. I am looking forward to the continued expansion of Bluebikes in all of Boston’s neighbourhoods.”
“Bluebikes provides affordable and sustainable transportation, linking Boston’s residents to work, school and public attractions across the city”
Discounted 30-day and annual passes are available to residents of the Metro Boston region who participate in public assistance programmes, such as Snap, or otherwise have eligible incomes.
Installation of the new stations is expected to begin in September, pending permitting. Boston’s goal is that by the end of 2021, Bluebikes, regarded as an integral component of the city’s wider transportation network, will be in every single Boston neighbourhood.
“I thank all of our neighbours who helped us select these locations,” said Greg Rooney, commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department. “I look forward to seeing more people visit Hyde Park’s businesses and open space.”
The cost for a 30-day pass is $5 and a full-year pass is available for $50. Both passes provide unlimited access to nearly 4,000 bikes and trips up to 60 minutes are included in the price. People who reside in transitional housing or are experiencing homelessness can buy an annual pass for only $5.
A celebration of bike-share in Hyde Park is planned for 30 September in Cleary Square. A specially designed bike that celebrates the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and former airport Meigs Field will be unveiled at the event.
The Bluebikes system is jointly owned and managed by the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Everett, Salem, and Somerville and the town of Brookline. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts is the system’s title sponsor.
Riders can find 400 stations and 4,000 bikes across 11 municipalities in Metro Boston. BTD reports since 2011, more than 14 million trips have been taken by bike-share.