For Immediate Release
May 16, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the City of Boston has chosen CoUrbanize to facilitate community input about the locations of the Hubway bike share’s expansion. CoUrbanize, a TechStars Boston startup, will provide an online forum for residents to learn and provide feedback about the proposed stations in the South Boston Innovation District, Jamaica Plain, North Dorchester and Charlestown neighborhoods.
“Hubway is a true community project and we’re excited to be expanding the program to new neighborhoods,” Mayor Menino said. “Our partnership with CoUrbanize will engage the community through every stage of this expansion as we continue to develop innovative solutions.”
The initial public comment period will run three weeks, beginning on May 16 and ending on June 6. CoUrbanize will provide updates about the Hubway bike share location selection and roll-out process through Fall 2013. CoUrbanize is a community management platform for developers to share project information and solicit public feedback to ensure projects address community needs.
With the Hubway project, CoUrbanize will help Boston Bikes identify the best locations for bike share stations. For larger real estate development projects, CoUrbanize uses geospatial analysis to help residents visualize complex project impacts such as traffic and shadows. The CoUrbanize platform is flexible enough to support any project that relies on significant public input, from small public projects to real estate development to master planning.
“We will improve the development process by efficiently getting information out to the public and providing community feedback to Boston Bikes” said Karin Brandt, CoUrbanize co-founder and CEO. “CoUrbanize helps developers reach a wide audience to quickly learn about and respond to community concerns.”
CoUrbanize (courbanize.com) was founded by Karin Brandt, David Quinn, PhD and Daniel Wiesmann, Phd to help communities and developers build better projects with accessible information and communication. The founders met at MIT and CoUrbanize is a 2013 TechStars Boston startup.