The University of Massachusetts Boston has partnered with the city of Boston to install a Hubway bike-sharing kiosk on campus, giving students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to rent bicycles and pedal between an array of stations throughout Boston.
Crews installed a 19-dock solar-powered Hubway station Friday afternoon across from the Campus Center, by the HarborWalk. A second kiosk was installed at the JFK/UMass MBTA station. The installation is part of UMass Boston’s ongoing efforts to encourage people to use sustainable methods of transportation on and off campus.
"We are very excited to bring the Hubway program to campus,” said Diane D’Arrigo, assistant vice chancellor for campus services. “As part of our transportation demand management efforts on campus, we are always looking at new ways to offer more convenient, alternative commuting options to the UMass Boston community and our neighbors.”
In addition to Hubway, UMass Boston offers bicycle racks throughout campus, a Zipcar car-sharing program, and a free shuttle service to the MBTA station.
"So far, we've gotten a very positive response since the Hubway station was installed," D'Arrigo said. "People are already using it to bike to Castle Island or to the MBTA station. We've received emails from students and staff, and people have come up to me to say they've tried it or heard about it, and they're thrilled."
The regional bike-share system continues to expand in the Dorchester and South Boston area, with a station recently installed at the South Bay Center shopping plaza. Hubway began service on July 28, 2011, with 600 bicycles at 60 stations around Boston. New stations have since been added across the city, and in Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville.
Cyclists can use a credit or debit card to purchase annual memberships at the electronic kiosk. In addition to annual memberships, riders can purchase a three-day or 24-hour membership — and any ride under 30 minutes is free with a membership. Bicycles can be returned to any Hubway station. For news, maps, pricing, and other general information, visit Hubway’s website at http://www.thehubway.com.
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