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Does JP Need a Hubway Station?

Boston’s bike-share program added 11 stations in 2012, does Jamaica Plain need one next?

Jamaica Plain is a bike-oriented community, and though many own their own bicycles, could the area benefit from a city-operated Hubway bike station?

Kris Carter, interim director for Boston Bikes, told the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association Wednesday that with sponsorship, JP could have a bike share station in its future.

“Everyone knows the easiest way to travel on Centre Street and not have to worry about parking is on a bike,” he said.

Carter said the city was looking at Hyde Square or Jackson Square as possible locations for a Hubway station in the future, but where do you want to see a Hubway station in Jamaica Plain? Leave your answers in the comments.

Janis Lippman November 15, 2012 at 01:03 PM
A bicycle hubway station would indeed be a tremendous asset to the neighborhood. It may also introduce hubway riders from downtown to JP centre if they know there is a place to drop off the bicycle they picked up. More bicycles - less cars, bring it on! Janis Lippman
Liz O'Connor November 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
JP would be great with five stations: Forest Hills Station, the Monument, the Pond, Canary Square or Hyde Square, and Jackson Square. Pretty please, Hubway!
Phil Lindsay November 15, 2012 at 02:58 PM
All the neighborhoods would benefit from Hubway not just JP. The City spent more time and energy working out deals with Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline than looking to develop sites in JP, Dorchester, Mattapan or Roslindale despite the fact those neighborhoods have similar population density and the folks living there actually live in the City of Boston.
Kristopher Carter November 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM
To Phil's point - each municipality purchases and funds their own stations. The City of Boston does not pay for stations or operations in the other municipalities but benefits from a regional network. The City of Boston and is working on practical and phased expansion within the City of Boston, pending funding.
Mark Johnston November 15, 2012 at 04:38 PM
There needs to be a Hubway station in my front yard! but barring that - at the Monument, at the Post Office, at Whole Foods, and at Stop and Shop.
Jerry O'Connor November 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Kris, first welcome to the new job. Some thoughts: First, I think you're correct, the other cities are not taking money away from Boston expansion on a dollar-for-dollar basis. However, some JPers, impatient to see the in-city network extended, perceive it as a distraction. Second, to Liz's five stations, I'd add a sixth, at 161 Huntington. It is a long way from Longwood (currently the furthest out) to Hyde Square, and asking the developers of the new project to sponsor a station could be a win-win. How much would it cost? Is this a realistic idea? Third, notwithstanding the last suggestion, I keep hearing about "sponsorship" of Jamaica Plain Hubway stations; i.e., I have been told by Boston Bikes to find a sponsor if I want a JP station. This is unhelpful. I don't really understand the model or how it squares with the existing program. The existing sponsors seem to be large organizations, like New Balance or Northeastern. I don't see many of these along Centre Street. Maybe, dare I say it, Whole Foods? But this should be a conversation between the city and the sponsors; it shouldn't be up to residents to negotiate sponsorships. I do suggest that the City, Mass DOT and the MBTA find a way to put some Hubway stations around JP as part of mitigating the effects of the upcoming Casey Overpass demolition. I am surprised that our neighborhood advisory group and their "professional bike advisors" haven't pressed this idea. Happy to discuss further, thanks.
Kristopher Carter November 16, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Jerry and others, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Regarding locations, you can visit thehubway.com and click on the station map tab to indicate where you would like to see hubway in the future. As for the sponsorship program at Hubway, I agree, those are conversations to be had between the City and developers/businesses/institutions. Also, don't forget to let your elected officials know you would like to see hubway in your neighborhood.
Eddie G. March 23, 2013 at 03:11 PM
It would make sense to have these bikes available closer to the train like the Forest Hills area (seems like there is a lot of unused space) and Jackson Square. I have noticed more and more of my friends and neighbors riding bikes to commute. I hope this all happens soon!

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