No public input mandated on bike-share sites

November 22, 2013
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff

While the Hubway bike-share stations use public streets and sidewalks, no public input into their locations is required under its operating contract—though financial sponsors can weigh in.

Some Hubway locations and limited public input into them have been controversial in Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods. The Gazette has an open Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the City to obtain documents about the community process on the location of JP’s stations. The request was filed at the beginning of last month.

Under the 2011 Hubway contract, the for-profit system operator Alta Bicycle Share gets to choose most station locations and can factor the wishes of financial sponsors into the decision. Alta also may move Hubway stations if a location is deemed to be underperforming.

  • pdsewell

    Guess what else had no public input: all of the street space currently devoted to on-street parking. Get over it already. Installing bike-share sites was a positive for the neighborhood. You don’t need to be consulted on every change that happens anywhere in the neighborhood.

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