Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Hubway will re-launch as Blue Bikes this spring and become an even bigger and better bike-share system.
Blue Cross Blue Shield’s support will greatly expand access to bike share in the metro region and allow for major updates. By the end of 2019, there will be 3,000 Blue Bikes on the streets — up from the 1,800 that exist today — and more than 100 new stations throughout the four municipalities.
Members can continue to access Hubway stations even as they turn Blue — you’ll be able to use your same account, same app, and same key throughout the transition, and everything will seamlessly rollover to Blue Bikes. Blue Bikes will continue to be a public transportation system, owned by the municipalities of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville, and operated by Motivate.
Everyone is excited for Blue Bikes!
“The Hubway bike share program began in the City of Boston in 2011 and quickly became integral to our transportation system,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “More recently, we introduced bike share in East Boston and substantially expanded the program in Brighton, Roxbury and North Dorchester. I am delighted to welcome Blue Cross Blue Shield as a partner as we further develop our bike share program and I’d like to thank them for helping us to make this resource available to additional Boston residents in their own neighborhoods.”
"We are thrilled to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to enhance and expand our bike share system,” said Louis A. DePasquale, Cambridge City Manager. “Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has a long history of promoting healthy living, and their partnership will help us increase equity and accessibility to active transportation for community members across the Boston metro region.”
“We are delighted to have Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts on board as the new title sponsor of the regional bike share program.” said Neil Wishinsky, Chair of Brookline Select Board. “Their mission to improve the health and wellness of the communities they serve makes them a natural partner to help us grow the system’s reach and to improve access to active transportation for all walks of life.”
“From the beginning, the Metro Boston area has been a great place for biking, and the addition of Blue Cross as a partner will allow us to truly take bike share to the next level,” said Motivate CEO Jay Walder. “This partnership is further proof that private-sector support is a sustainable way to grow bike share systems and deliver real value for communities.”
"Riding a bicycle is not only one of most cost-effective ways to get around an urban environment like Somerville, it also promotes one of our community’s core goals: healthy living,” said Mayor Joe Curtatone. “We’re proud and thankful that this partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will allow us to more than double the number of bike share stations here over the next two years and give more residents a better opportunity to travel throughout Somerville - and beyond - by bike."
“The key impact of this groundbreaking sponsorship is to fulfill our long-time goal of extending the bike share system to every neighborhood in all four cities. We’re thrilled this goal is now in sight,” said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Motivate is the largest operator of bike share systems in North America—operating in eight cities including several major urban centers. Working with cities, Motivate has helped bring the benefits of bike share to more urban residents and visitors. Learn more at www.motivateco.com.