Boston Bikes could launch its season by early next month, but for security reasons, four to six stations in the Back Bay won’t open until after the Boston Marathon, according to Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city.
Four impacted stations on Boylston Street are located near City Sports, the Apple Store, the Boston Public Library and the New Balance store, respectively. Stations at Newbury and Hereford streets and Beacon and Charles streets could be installed temporarily prior to the Marathon on April 21, but would need to dismantled during the event, Freedman said.
Despite the delays, Freedman said the locations of bike kiosks throughout the Back Bay would remain the same as last season.
On Beacon Hill, a station at Charles Circle will need to be relocated due to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge.
“The station at Charles Circle needs to be adjusted a little bit because of construction on the Longfellow Bridge,” Freedman said. “We’re looking at a nearby alternative location.”
Freedman said the locations of the other stations on Beacon Hill would be the same as last season.
While Freedman said the city doesn’t currently intend to open any new stations in Back Bay or Beacon Hill, she didn’t entirely rule out the possibility.
“We have no definitive plans to add stations in either of those neighborhoods, but we do hope to add and expand throughout all of Boston,” Freedman said.