Cambridge gets greener as Hubway expands bike sharing

28 Jul

Gigaom

The Boston area’s push to remake itself as a bike-friendly venue, is starting to pay off at least in Cambridge’s tech-heavy Kendall Square neighborhood. And now things may get even greener as the Hubway bike-sharing project is set to expand beyond Boston into Cambridge as well as Somerville and Brookline.

The Cambridge rollout — which will include 47 new Hubway stations — starts Monday, said Scott Mullen, general manager of Hubway. The company, a unit of Alta Bicycle Share, uses solar-powered modular bike stations and RFID key fobs, to make it easy for members to use bikes for short-hauls. Smartphone apps for Android(s goog), iPhones(s aapl), and Blackberry(s rimm) pinpoint where bikes are available (or not.) The stations communicate wirelessly to central servers.

Hubway is all about short trips. The first 30 minutes of the ride is free to members who pay $85 a year to join. After that the price…

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