Since its debut in Boston in 2011, the bicycle sharing program Hubway has steadily expanded — adding kiosks in Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. Recently, residents of Newton have been weighing the merits of joining the program as well, and the city of 85,000 should do so. Well-planned extensions of the network into other nearby, densely populated communities only add to its usefulness for all.
Hubway is a perfect fit for the already bike-friendly city of Newton — which, despite its reputation as a leafy suburb, is more densely settled than many major American cities. Newton has taken several steps recently to improve safety, from installing bike routes on busy streets to implementing awareness and safety programs in local middle schools. In fact, in May the city was awarded a bronze medal from the League of American Bicyclists in recognition of its infrastructure improvements.