Faulkner May Sponsor JP Hubway Station

To sponsor a Hubway bicycle station, a sponsor must commit $50,000 per year for three years.

Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing system soared in popularity in its second year, and though there is no station in Jamaica Plain yet, there could be one coming soon.

Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital is “very interested” in sponsoring a Jamaica Plain Hubway station, Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association member Michael Reiskind said at a Wednesday meeting.

David Goldberg, director of marketing and public affairs for Faulkner, confirmed the hospital's interest via email.

"Yes, we are interested in sponsoring a Hubway station in JP," Goldberg wrote. "Admittedly, we don't know too much about it and are looking into it a bit further but one of our goals for the future is to be a bit more proactive in supporting local, healthy community partners and we thought that idea had some good possibilities."

A sponsor must commit $50,000 per year for three years to sponsor a Hubway location, Reiskind said at the meeting.

Brad Brown, president of the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association, said at the meeting he did not know whether this would mean a station would be placed near Faulkner's location - 1153 Centre St. - in Forest Hills.

Jamaica Plain would benefit from having two stations as opposed to just one because there is a maximum time limit on which one can ride a Hubway bicycle before additional charges are triggered, Brown said. The closest planned station to JP for the upcoming riding season is at Roxbury Crossing, according to a Hubway stations map.

The Hubway will begin to open stations in spring, weather permitting. 

yannaro February 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM
1153 Centre St. is not in Forest Hills.
Sarah Freeman February 23, 2013 at 01:27 PM
It would be fabulous to have a Hubway station in JP, and BWH Faulkner is "a natural" for a potential sponsor. I thought it required a 3-year commitment, with $50,000 as the 3-year total (i.e. more than 16,000 per year), which is still a lot... but it's a lot less than $50,000 per year. If that's correct, for $50,000 per year, there could be 3 stations, which would be a more successful system - as the article said, there's a time limit for use before additional charges apply, so it's good to have multiple options for pick-up and drop-off. Here's hoping!
Louise Johnson February 23, 2013 at 05:39 PM
There is a lot of interest in having Hubway in JP by this summer. I have been speaking with Tracy Sylvan the Faulkner's Health and Wellness Director and have also been in touch with JP Licks about sponsoring a station. This is a good time for the business community to step up to the plate and offer something back to the community which has been very supportive of its local business' in the past years. I would also like to see the some of the developers who own the buildings in JP center contribute to the placement of the hubway stations. So often developers are allowed to improve the worth of their buildings and put nothing towards the infrastructure that helps to make their projects successful. Certainly a case can be made that a series of subway stations in JP will attract business and lessen traffic congestion. Louise Johnson
Jon Williams February 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM
I support bikes..... but the Faulkner is closing it's well-known and well-respected drug and alcohol detox facility. This is bad news for Boston and JP, not to mention the literally 10's of thousands of suffering addicts who's lives have been saved at "7 South" which refers to the floor where treatment takes place. The Faulkner should either be encouraged or brought to task to seriously reconsider this move. We need more treatment in Boston, not less. And as far as having a hubway there, it's way to far out of the way from central JP for it to be convenient. Are they kidding? What makes sense is to have it at or near Forest Hills. If it can't fit at the station, then put it up in the parking lot of the now disgraced Mass Lab... In fact, they should support the bike station as a way to begin to redeem themselves after the mess they've made of thousands of peoples lives!


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