Boston Leads the Way in Bike-Sharing Program

bicyclists riding through BostonThe state's first bike share program is set to launch in Boston as Mayor Thomas Menino is prepping to lead a pack of 200 bicyclists through Boston for the program's official kick-off celebration today. Boston's bike share initiative, the Hubway Bike Share as its being called, will also be one of the first in the entire country.

Hubway Bike Share allows people to rent bicycles from any of 61 sidewalk vending stations located throughout the city. People who are interested in the program can either sign up for a year-long membership or take advantage of short-term packages that last between 1 and 3 days. Roughly 600 bicycles are available for the Hubway Bike Share program.

Officials say they hope to eventually expand the program to surrounding communities.

User fees and corporate sponsors will support the program.