Hubway comes to JP, community input debated

September 26, 2013

The Hubway bike-share system has come to Jamaica Plain, but the City did not hold any community meetings to determine the location of the stations. Instead, the City used an online forum and outreach to community groups and abutters to elicit feedback.

Hubway is a collaboration between the City and a private company.

Hubway stations have been installed at Monument Square, in front of the post office at the corner of Centre and Myrtle Streets, in Hyde Square at the corner of Centre and Barbara Streets and in Egleston Square at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Washington Street.

The City collected feedback to determine the stations location from an online forum, abutters and through the City’s Office of Neighborhood Services, talking with Main Street organizations and other community groups, according to the Boston Bikes director Nicole Freedman, a JP resident. She called the process “very transparent.”

“The news was out there through a lot of ways and avenues,” said Freedman.

But the lack of community meetings for input into the location of the stations has drawn the ire of some residents.

“How can our City allow this bike depot to be forced on our community without a community meeting?” asked Rodolfo Bonilla about the station being installed at the corner of Center and Barbara Streets. He said parking is already an issue in the area.

[This article has been updated.]




Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley

Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley
A Hubway station in front of the post office at the corner of Centre and Myrtle Streets.