Cambridge cyclists took 32,000 Hubway trips this winter

Hubway is about to open for the 2014 Spring season. PHOTO CREDIT:
Hubway is about to open for the 2014 Spring season. PHOTO CREDIT:

Despite the bitter, seemingly endless cold and snow that wore away at New Englanders in recent months, Hubway is reporting that the winter blues didn’t keep Cambridge’s cyclists off the roads.

Last year, Hubway announced that it would test a pilot program in Cambridge. Most stations operated throughout the winter to test year-round feasibility.

Cyclists made approximately 32,000 trips between December and mid-March, according to Cara Seiderman, of Cambridge’s Community Development Department.

Due to the positive reception, Cambridge cyclists can expect year-round operations to continue.

“We received a considerable amount of positive feedback from Hubway users about keeping the system open year-round and the team did a great job of managing operations including through the various storm events,” said Seiderman.

Although no formal decision has been made, the city anticipates that it is likely it will continue with year-round operations.

“The other municipalities are [sic] considering what they will do and I expect an announcement will be forthcoming, although their focus right now is on spring re-opening and getting new stations out,” she said.

The busiest Cambridge stations this winter generally were the MIT stations, Central Square, Kendall Square and Inman Square.

Hubway is set to open its spring operations Wednesday.

The graph below shows ridership figures between November and January:

Hubway Cambridge winter ridership numbers in winter 2014. Photo: City of Cambridge
Hubway Cambridge winter ridership numbers in winter 2014. Photo: City of Cambridge

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