Mayor Menino Announces Installation of First HelmetHub Helmet Vending Machine
Street Kiosk Allows Users to Rent Helmets for New Balance Hubway Bicycles
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the installation of the first HelmetHub vending machine on the streets of Boston.
The machine is the first of its kind in the country and is located at the Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue Hubway Station. It will allow users to rent a helmet before they use the popular bike sharing service.
“I am thrilled to introduce another Boston biking first. This is the first bike share helmet vending machine in the country,” Mayor Menino said. “Our goal is to make Hubway a great and safe way to get around town, and HelmetHub is a step in the right direction for our growing cycling culture in the City of Boston.”
The HelmetHub machine is a street kiosk built right into the Hubway platform that allows for users to rent and return helmets at the same time that they rent Hubway bicycles. Returned helmets are removed from the machine and taken for inspection and sanitization.
HelmetHub won a contract with the City in May to design, test, and implement this kind of helmet rental system in Boston, which Hubway riders have been asking for since the sharing service began in Boston.
The first machine will be installed as a trial as the Hubway season winds down. HelmetHub will take lessons learned from the trial and implement it into a more wide-scale implementation next year. HelmetHub’s team hopes to garner significant data during the rest of the 2013 season, and staff will be on-site at the machine to help answer questions and provide support to users.
Helmets will cost just $2 to rent if returned within 24 hours or $20 to buy.
Improvements and expansions to the Hubway system also support the Mayor’s Greenovate Boston initiative, which encourages residents to help reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by taking actions like biking, walking and using public transit.
About Greenovate Boston
Greenovate Boston is a collective movement to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the city by meeting Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Propelled by creativity and drive, Greenovate Boston will encourage continued sustainable growth within the city, making Boston the greenest in the United States. Visit http://greenovateboston.org for details.