Boston can soon be added to the growing list of U.S. cities with bike sharing programs. Coming in July of this year, the “Hubway” system will initially feature 600 bikes spread among 61 stations, with plans to grow the network out to as many as 5,000 bikes and 300 kiosks. The system will be managed by Portland’s Alta Bicycle Share with bikes and kiosks being supplied by Montreal’s Bixi.
Hubway will initially be funded by grants and donations, with corporate sponsorships and rental fees covering ongoing operating expenses. Memberships will run $5 per day or $85 per year. Similar to other bike sharing programs, the initial 30 minutes will be free, with charges accruing for longer rides. Developers of the system expect upwards of 100,000 trips in the first year.