13 Percent of Hubway Rides Replace Cars
The Hubway bicycle share system has taken off in Boston in its first two seasons.
Boston’s popular three-season bicycle share system has done more than provide residents with a quick, cheap mode of transportation, it's taken a few cars off the road in the process.
Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston, said 13 percent of the 675,000 rides taken in the first two years of the Hubway system are “car replacement” rides, according to survey data collected by the city. In other words, those riders signaled that if not for their Hubway bike ride, they would be driving, Freedman said.
That amounts to 87,750 rides that were taken on a bicycle as opposed to in a car.
The Hubway system has been available to the public for about 240 days per year in its first two seasons, Freedman said. The system, which closes during winter months, opened in Boston July 20, 2011.