Hubway Stations Are (Almost) All Installed in JP

Kenji Quinn of Hubway waits to install the Barbara/Centre street station of the bike-sharing network on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Chris Helms

Kenji Quinn of Hubway waits to install the Barbara/Centre street station of the bike-sharing network on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

The Hubway’s Kenji Quinn would already be home now if it weren’t for the Nissan parked in what’s going to be the Barbara Street station of the bike-sharing service.

Quinn, a “reblancer” for Hubway, spends most of his work time moving bikes from station to station to match commuters’ morning and evening needs. On Thursday he was installing the station on Barbara street, right across the street from Whole Foods.

But there was a hitch — a guy who works in Cambridge was still parked in one of the three car parking spots that will soon be converted to 15 bike parking spots. The guy’s roommate is headed to Cambridge to get the keys. A police officer from E-13 plans to have it towed if it isn’t moved soon. The delay with the Nissan had set back installation about three hours as of 2:30 p.m.

A Nissan was delaying installation of the Barbara/Centre street Hubway station.

Chris Helms

A Nissan was delaying installation of the Barbara/Centre street Hubway station.

Once this hassle is over, though, Hubway will up and running in nearly all the planned JP spots for this season. The station at the Monument is also being installed Thursday, Quinn said. There are still negotiations going about the location of the one near the Post Office. Other JP stations are at Jackson Square T, Green Street T and Egleston Square.

Quinn said he mostly gets a warm reception when he installs the stations.

“People say, ‘Spring’s here when you put your stations down.'”

It’s $85 for a one-year membership in the bike-sharing service, though there are some discounts available. Low-income riders can even get a doctor’s prescription for a $5 yearly membership.