Hubway Is Celebrating Its Fourth Anniversary

In four years, the bike share program has grown from 600 to 1,300 bikes and 60 to 139 stations.


Photo by Meredith Foley

Four years ago today, the now-ubiquitous bike sharing company Hubway took to the streets of Boston. Back in 2011, the company had 600 bikes spread across 60 stations—today, commuters, visitors, and fitness fans everywhere rely on the 139 stations spanning Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville.

Hubway says it’s not stopping there. More stations in Boston and Cambridge are expected this year, adding to its fleet of 1,300 bikes. And in honor of its birthday, the company compiled some statistics that illustrate just how popular the bike sharing program is. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Riders have taken 3.3 million trips to date, accumulating 4.6 million miles ridden and 921,000 hours of biking. (The 4 millionth ride is expected at some point this year, and the cyclist who takes it will get a $250 gift card to New Balance.)
  • By biking instead of driving, Hubway customers have prevented 3 million tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.
  • Hubway riders have burned almost 200 million calories, cumulatively, during their rides.
  • The most trips taken in a single day was 7,020.
  • The busiest station in each city the company operates in is: North Station (Boston), Coolidge Corner (Brookline), MIT at Massachusetts Avenue and Amherst Street (Cambridge), and Davis Square (Somerville).

So keep it up, cyclists—for the sake of the environment and your waistline.