Stalled Vote Could Delay Charlestown Hubway Installation

Subcommittee deadlocks on proposed location at Chelsea and Warren.

, it may bring only one location to Charlestown—at the Bunker Hill Mall. Or it may not come to Charlestown at all.

The Charlestown Neighborhood Council held a meeting Thursday night to discuss a proposed second location near the intersection of Chelsea Street and Warren Street, but closed the meeting without an up-or-down vote.

Councilor David Whelan told Charlestown Patch Friday that the four members of the council present couldn’t agree on whether or not the support the measure and deadlocked 2-2.

The subcommittee opted to table the vote until September, when the full council will next meet—but that could be after Hubway has completed its next round of kiosk installations.

Kristopher Carter, the interim director of Boston Bikes, said that the delayed vote could push back the isntallation of any Charlestown Hubway stations until next spring.

it could also lead the department to install only the kiosk at the already-approved location near the intersection of Main Street and Austin Street, but Carter said he was unsure if the network would adequately support that station alone.

"Sometimes things don't go the way they're planned to go," Carter said.

Whelan said that he and others worried that the second location would not suitably serve the neighborhood, and added that he would prefer something in the Navy Yard.

“We were looking more holistically from the town’s perspective at what’s going to benefit the community,” Whelan said. “Let’s get one in and see how it works.”

Whelan added that Hubway should have come to the council months ago if it wanted to install the second location by the end of summer.

Marissa Velarde July 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I'm so happy to see that Charlestown residents are actively enthusiastic about bringing Hubway to the neighborhood, but dismayed with the CNC. This really isn't an issue. If CNC and Hubway really want to do right by the residents and serve the community's needs, just install one (two, preferably) already!
Matt M. Casey July 30, 2012 at 02:46 PM
A comment has been removed from this thread because the person posting it was pretending to be someone they weren't.
Ron Newman July 30, 2012 at 03:23 PM
You need one in Sullivan Square, so that Hubway can be brought usefully to East Somerville.
Nathan Blanchet July 31, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Hi everyone. A petition to the CNC, Boston Bikes, and Hubway has been created on the website change.org for those who wish to support the immediate expansion of Hubway into Charlestown. Here's the link to the petition, or just search for Hubway at change.org: http://www.change.org/petitions/charlestown-neighborhood-council-boston-bikes-and-hubway-support-hubway-s-immediate-expansion-into-charlestown.
ger rid of bloat August 04, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Let's face it Cuhna is a bully and bloatmeister. He is the gunk that messes up the works in most everything he does. Community leader or townie narrowmind who has to weigh-in on everything within the green one square mile. GET GREEN in the green square mile. Step aside Tom, the future is here and your pontificating, stonewalling and digging-in just proves you are out for yourself and your opinions and do not represent the majority of the CTown citizenry. Out with bloat and bile, in with Bikes and betterments!!


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