The Hubway bike sharing station at the Monument was moved to Curtis Hall on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

BTD Hosting JP Community Planning Workshops to Discuss Hubway Expansion

The Boston Transportation Department is hosting a Jamaica Plain Community Planning Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, at 10 am at the Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) to discuss the upcoming expansion of Boston’s public bike share system. A second workshop will be held on Thursday, November 9th, at 6 pm, at the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center (30 South St.). Residents are encouraged to attend the workshops and help BTD to determine potential locations for new bike share stations in their neighborhood. Over the next two years, more than 70 new bike share stations will be added in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

The Hubway bike sharing station at the Monument was moved to Curtis Hall on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Monument Bike Sharing Station Moved to Curtis Hall

Just in time for the end of the holiday rush, merchants in Centre/South regained a few parking spaces on Friday as the Hubway moved its bike-sharing station at the Monument. The new station is across South Street at Curtis Hall Community Center, where it's on the lawn and isn't taking up any car parking spaces. The new Curtis Hall site will shut down by the end of the month, as do most Hubway stations except for nearly all the ones in Cambridge. In addition to the one now at Curtis Hall, several other JP Hubway stations are among the 60 or so Boston ones staying open through the end of December:

Egleston and Columbus

Green Street Station

Jackson Square Station

JP's other Hubway station, the one at the Post Office, has already been closed for the season. Of course, as bike advocates would point out, the former location at the Monument was still parking -- it was just parking for bikes, not cars.

What one Hyde Square resident calls a "bike carcass" at Stony Brook T. Taken Thursday, May 29, 2014.

The Bike Carcasses of Stony Brook

Think that fancy U-lock is going to stop bike thieves? Wrong. Enterprising outlaws will strip your bike, leaving only the frame. It's a regular feature of the bike racks outside Stony Brook Station, points out Hyde Square resident John Sullivan. He calls them "bike carcasses" and says that's what happens if you leave your ride overnight outside a T stop.

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

Hubway Stations Are (Almost) All Installed in JP

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.

Hubway has returned to Jackson Square. The station wasn't operational on March 19, 2014 but is expected to be soon.

Signs of Spring: Crocuses and Hubway Stations

The bike rental network Hubway, which finally reached bike-crazed JP just last fall, is gearing up for a new season. Rental stations (sans bikes) are already in place outside the Green Street and Jackson Square T stations. Other JP stations are expected to include one at the post office, the Monument, Hyde Square (Barbara and Centre) and Egleston (Atherton and Washington). Hubway says it expects its stations to be fully operational in a few weeks. There has been talk of moving the Monument station to the Curtis Hall parking lot.