Boston will be the first city in the United States to offer helmets at bike-share locations.

Beginning in July, cyclists in Boston will be able to rent helmets from solar-powered vending machines stationed beside popular Hubway spots (the city’s bicycle sharing system launched last summer). The concept for Helmethub originated from twelve MIT undergraduates and was first revealed during their 2011 Product Engineering Final Presentation, a product-design course that tasks students with building prototypes from scratch in one semester. Since then, the company has worked tirelessly to refine their product offering in preparation for a street debut.

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