The New Balance Hubway bike network, currently running through the Boston neighborhoods of Allston-Brighton, Back Bay, Beacon Hill and others, is expected to establish new stations in Brookline in the early summer months. Residents of Brookline can soon anticipate the arrival of a brand new fleet of iconic gray and green bicycles to Harvard Street and beyond.
The Hubway program, launched in Boston over the summer of 2011, notably logged a ridership of over 140,000 cyclists utilizing the 600 bicycles docked at 61 stations around the city so far. Due to the July 28 launch date, this statistic was recorded over a significantly shorter season than the typical Hubway contract.
Pending a final review from the Town Counsel, Brookline Patch reports, the Board of Selectmen has recently approved the contract with Alta Bikeshare, which would allow Brookline cyclists to rent bikes from any of the four new standing stations, and return them to any Hubway station in the Boston area network. Each station will have the capacity to hold up to fifteen bikes, with one holding up to nineteen docked bikes.
According to Planning and Community Development Director Jeff Levine, in another article on the Brookline Patch, the Hubway stations and bicycles are expected to take up to sixteen weeks to order and should arrive in Brookline by early summer. While the location of two of the stations has yet to be determined, the remaining two stations will be situated in Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner, respectively.
Levine also explained that since the initial proposal to extend the Hubway network into Brookline in December, and with the decreasing of the order by one bike per station, the cost of the contract had actually decreased to $28,000 less than originally expected. Along with a $25,000 donation granted by Partners HealthCare, the total contract allegedly comes to about $360,000. This final cost will be provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Hubway Gift Account.
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