Boston expands bike-share network to unserved neighborhoods | Smart Cities Dive
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Boston will add 19 stations to its Bluebikes bike-share network in the coming weeks to the southern Dorchester, Mattapan and Roslindale neighborhoods, which had previously lacked service. Another 30 stations will be added in the following months, with at least 30 more being added in the spring, according to a release from the city.
The other municipalities that use the publicly-owned network — Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville — have also committed to expansions, which will bring the full network to more than 300 stations and 3,000 bikes across the four cities, up from the current 1,800 bikes.
"Boston residents have grown to value Bluebikes as one of the public transportation options available to them," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. "I'm thrilled to be bringing our bike share system into additional Boston neighborhoods and I look forward to seeing more residents enjoying a Bluebikes ride this year."
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