Hubway bike rentals could be coming to JP

Jamaica Plain residents might soon be able to rent bikes to cruise around the neighborhood.

Hubway, the City’s bike-sharing program that began last summer, is looking to add 30 stations. Nicole Freedman, director of the Boston Bikes program, said officials “envision JP to be part of that.” She added exact locations have not been discussed.

Freedman, who is a JP resident, said Hubway is currently trying to raise “a couple of million dollars” from corporate sponsorship to supplement its 61-station force. She said it is optimistic that the additional stations could happen this year, but it would entail a significant accomplishment.

“We are working very hard to try to expand,” said Freedman.

She added, “I think it will be very, very well received when we get to Jamaica Plain.”

The City owns the stations, but contracts Alta Bicycle Share to operate them. Stations are currently located in Allston-Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, Mission Hill, Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill, West End, North End, South Boston and the Financial District.

Riders may purchase either a short-term or long-term membership and then are charged for how long they use the bikes. They can also return the bikes to any station, not just the one they rented from.


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