I am writing to let you know that I filed legislation yesterday to explore bringing a shared-bike program to Boston. I want to recognize that Mayor Menino and his administration have already begun the process for launching such a program, and I look forward to hearing from City leaders on their efforts to bring a shared-bike program to fruition.
I am hoping that a hearing will present the opportunity for the public and any experts to discuss the best model for such a program, the necessary infrastructure, and the best ways to ensure a successful shared-bike program in Boston. I will keep you updated on the scheduling of the hearing. As Chair of the Council’s Environment & Health Committee, I am making every effort to promote a greener city that includes more sustainable transportation options like a shared-bike program.
John R. Connolly
Boston City Councillor At-Large
P.S. While I’ve been a BMG reader since I first met David Kravitz in 2004, I’ve never posted. For background, I am the newest member of the Boston City Council, elected in November and sworn into office six months ago. I chair the Council’s Environment & Health Committee where I have authored multiple pieces of legislation aimed at making Boston the greenest and healthiest city in the world. We held a hearing on the potentially harmful effects of bisphenol A, a chemical used in making plastics such as baby bottles. Over the next few months, we will hold hearings on a number of environmental health issues including meeting the needs of Boston’s children with autism spectrum disorders, combating global climate change through local and individual action, finding safe ways to use and dispose of energy-efficient light bulbs, and the aforementioned shared-bike program.