Pie-rider Nik Patalano gets his reward for returning a bike. (Photo by Brogan Graham @Hubway)
Biking enthusiasts don’t stop for the winter season, but the Hubway does. The bikeshare system officially shut down on December 1st. The season ended with a celebratory “Pie Ride” that encouraged riders to return Hubway bikes to City Hall Plaza in exchange for a delicious pie.
With over 140,000 trips in it’s first season, the Hubway already plans to add 300 new bikes to its fleet of 600. The bikeshare program will reopen in the spring of 2012 and branch into Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville.
Listen to the Hubub’s radio story for more details:
The Hubway will begin shutting down for the season Monday, November 21st; and the popular bikeshare system is counting on a little help from its friends. The goal is to have 600 bikes from 60 stations completely off the streets by December 1st. Continue reading
For the most part, Hubway stations maintain a balance of available bikes and empty docking stations where riders may park their rented bikes. By tracking real-time data, operators know which stations are full and which are empty. If capacity becomes an issue, a Hubway van is dispatched to either load more bikes or take some away to open up docks. Continue reading
Bringing riders — and more importantly customers — to bikeshare has been a major focus for The Hubway. The bikeshare system has established itself as a viable means of transportation in Boston. Although its popularity has been proven, increasing ridership and participation will help the system grow for the future.