In Boston, bike riders can rent helmets from solar-powered vending machines stationed at some of the city’s most popular Hubway bike-rental spots starting in July.
The machine, called HelmetHub, was created to encourage helmet use along Hubway, Boston’s bicycle-sharing system that was launched last summer with 60 solar-powered touchscreen rental kiosks.
Each HelmetHub can hold 36 helmets adjustable to most head sizes, which users select using a touchscreen display. Rentals cost around $2 and riders will also have the option to purchase the headgear. Renters return their helmets to a designated kiosk and they’re sent to HelmetHub’s headquarters to be cleaned and sanitised before being distributed to the next customer.
The city said it will test four machines for a few months before rolling out additional helmet venders at other Hubway stations. Plans call for having 14 to 16 HelmetHubs in place by October.