Hubway riders in Cambridge will be able to continue riding throughout the winter again this year, the bike-sharing program announced Thursday.
Last year, the city piloted a program to operate year-round, and despite the winter temps there were over 35,000 rides from December through March.
This winter, almost all stations in Cambridge will remain open. Stations at Lafayette Square/Main Street and Dana Park, however, will be removed to accommodate snow plowing operations. Hubway staff will continue to remove snow as needed at the other stations. The Hubway system may be closed at times in the winter due to inclement weather.
As we reported last week, winter service is also expanding in Boston. Last year, all Boston Hubway stations closed in late November. This year Boston Hubway riders will be able to continue using the bike share system through the end of December — though there will be a reduced number of stations in operation. The city is in the process of mapping out which stations will remain open for the extended winter service, but expects to have about 50 to 60 (of approximately 140) stations operating, according to Boston Bikes director Nicole Freedman.
"For the most part anything that is on-street needs to get removed," Freedman said. "A few of them we'll be able to find alternative locations for. I think we'll probably be close to our original starting size of 60 [stations]."
Freedman said all Hubway stations located on property owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation will be removed, though the city will also try to relocate those stations if possible.
Brookline and Somerville will close down their Hubway systems on November 26.
The entire Hubway system — in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville — is expected to re-open in March or early April, depending on the weather.
This article was originally published on November 06, 2014.