February 28, 2012
Mayor's Press Office
This evening at the Boston Public Library, Mayor Menino and Boston Bikes will present to the public its annual Boston Bikes Annual Update, hosted by Livable Streets Alliance. As I reflect on the last four years, I am proud of all we have accomplished: the community we fostered, our success in creating inclusive programs that reach all citizens, and our implementation of cutting-edge infrastructure and practices.
When MayorMenino launched Boston Bikes in 2007, Boston was perennially rated among the worst cities in the country for cycling. Four years later, I am thrilled to report that Boston has officially gained recognition as one of the great cities for cycling in the United States, heralding a new era for cycling in the city. Each year, we have had more and more to celebrate, but 2011 brought some of our biggest achievements yet:
- MayorMenino launched the New Balance Hubway bike share system in July with 60 stations and 600 bicycles, making Boston one of only a handful of cities in the United States with full-size bike share systems. In its first year, people took 142,000 trips across Boston on Hubway bikes. The program looks to expand into neighboring cities and into more Boston locations in 2012.
- Boston’s Community Bike Programs continued to serve as a model of biking equity, capping a tremendous two-year run, which included donating more than 1,000 bikes to low-income residents and providing on-the-bike training to nearly 8,000 youth. The program received multiple awards and was featured in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” newsletter as a best practice.
- Boston celebrated the installation of its 50th mile of new bike lane, notably located on Massachusetts Avenue, the spine of the city’s on-road bike network. Looking forward, Boston seeks to add progressive facilities, namely protected bicycle lanes such as cycletracks and neighborways, to encourage novice riders.