In Boston's Bubbling Bike Share War, It's Blue Bikes Vs. Dockless

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A woman returns a Blue Bike to a station in Kendall Square. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A woman returns a Blue Bike to a station in Kendall Square. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

There's a border war brewing in Boston between docked and dockless bicycles.

Blue Bikes, the bike share business formerly known as Hubway, has an exclusive contract to operate in the city of Boston. Competitor companies that use dockless bikes, which riders can drop off and pick up in various locations, are trying to enter the Greater Boston market but users are leaving their bikes in Boston, and the city is impounding them.

As the saga unfolds, there are many questions about whether everyone can get along in Boston's bike sharing business.


Stacy Thompson, executive director of Livable Streets Alliance. The alliance tweets at @streetsboston.

Eric Bourassa, director of the Transportation Division at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The council tweets at @mapcmetroboston.

This segment aired on May 22, 2018.


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