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Petition Urges Agreement, Compromise on Hubway Decision

Petition on Change.org aims to gather 100 signatories in an effort to get Hubway to come to Charlestown as soon as possible.

They don’t care who’s wrong, they just want to see Hubway come to Charlestown.

Charlestown resident Nathan Blanchet started a Change.org petition Monday night to urge the Charlestown Neighborhood Council, Boston Bikes and Hubway to come to an agreement on bringing stations .

Plans to bring the bike-sharing system to Charlestown this summer last week when members of the council deadlocked on a vote to approve a second location in town. Council members were concerned that the location near the intersection of Warren Street and Chelsea Street would not appropriately serve the entire community.

Blanchet, in his petition letter, acknowledged those concerns.

“The two proposed locations are not perfect from all perspectives, and more will be needed in future expansions,” Blanchet wrote. “We understand and applaud the Charlestown Neighborhood Council representatives who voiced these fairness concerns. We also encourage Boston Bikes and Hubway to expand the subsidized membership program, and advertise that program when starting in Charlestown.”

By 10 p.m. Monday, the petition had already accumulated 29 signatures on its way to gather 100.

Blanchet, commenting on Charlestown Patch in response to our article covering the decision, called the outcome “very disappointing.”

“This should have been an easy decision in my view,” Blanchet wrote. “I hope Mr. Whelan and colleagues can find a way to reconsider, and quickly.”

Charlestown joe August 01, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Hey Diane, While we are at it why not get all the bus stops removed, they take up an awful lot of parking spaces! Especially when they are not running all night! They are valuable spots also.
Charlie Denison August 01, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Hubway would be a huge benefit for Charlestown. Residents AND visitors would be able to more easily get into, out of, and around the neighborhood without driving or waiting for the T. Even if the stations take up a few parking spaces, you'll have fewer cars in Charlestown vying for all the remaining spaces!
TheMaskedTruthsayer August 01, 2012 at 09:47 PM
If you seriously believe that Hubways will greatly reduce the number of cars in Charlestown,you are dellusional. Last time I checked, most tourists were on foot/or, utiizing "tourist-based" modes of transportation such as duckboats and trollys. As for local residents, I seriusly doubt anyone will be turning in their personal vehicles in exchange for a mountain bike. Who was the sponsor of the efficacy study, Schwinn?
Louise Ambler Osborn August 02, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Hubway by itself won't get people to give up their cars, but you have to look at it as part of the big picture to help people be less dependent on cars. For example, we have three drivers in our family. We considered getting a second car, but a combination of bikes, the T, and Zipcar have made it possible for us to share one car and get where we need to go while saving a lot of money. I know a couple of other families who have made a similar decision. That's several cars off the road...go ahead and use the parking spaces we have freed up for a Hubway station! By the way, I live right on the Freedom Trail and am seeing more and more tourists on bikes. It's a great way to see the city.
Erin McDonald August 02, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I see Hubway as a venue for entertainment, alternatives to Duck Boats or on foot sightseeing of our city, and a way to offer (to those who choose to exert themselves.... imagine?) a means to get around in an alternative fashion. I am amazed at the threat of 12-18 square feet dedicated to a bike station can cause such a ruckus!

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