The gears are in motion for North­eastern University’s latest efforts to pro­mote sus­tain­able options for moving around campus and throughout the city.

North­eastern has part­nered with the city of Boston as part of a bike-​​sharing pro­gram called Hubway, which allows users to rent bicy­cles and pedal between a series of newly installed sta­tions throughout Boston’s neighborhoods.

The city­wide pro­gram, launched last week, will fea­ture 61 sta­tions, including one at Northeastern’s North Parking Lot on Hemenway Street that holds up to 11 bicy­cles at a time. A second Hubway sta­tion, though not main­tained by the Uni­ver­sity, is sit­u­ated on Columbus Avenue between Renais­sance Garage and Inter­na­tional Village.

Tom Cote, Northeastern’s director of res­i­dence safety and secu­rity, worked closely with city offi­cials to ensure University’s involve­ment in the pro­gram, which he called a “win-​​win sit­u­a­tion” for North­eastern and its entire community.

We were thrilled to get involved and be part of this pro­gram. It’s exciting for our stu­dents and the North­eastern com­mu­nity,” Cote said. The Uni­ver­sity has been working on the part­ner­ship for the last year, he said.

The Hubway web­site includes a bike sta­tion map, which includes how many bicy­cles are cur­rently avail­able at each loca­tion. In addi­tion to annual mem­ber­ships, riders can pur­chase a three-​​day or 24-​​hour mem­ber­ship — and any ride under 30 min­utes is free.

Cote said the pro­gram builds upon the growing interest among stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff for increased bicy­cling options around campus, and Northeastern’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram high­lights the University’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability by encour­aging the use of many forms of alter­na­tive transportation.

There are cur­rently 22 bike lock loca­tions spread across campus, with space for a total of 633 bikes.

North­eastern encour­ages bikes as alter­na­tive forms of trans­porta­tion in the Insti­tu­tional Master Plan, and bike usage is esti­mated in the State’s Trans­porta­tion Survey that we com­plete bian­nu­ally,” said Carol Rosskam, Northeastern’s Sus­tain­ability Pro­gram Man­ager. “By par­tic­i­pating in this bike-​​share pilot and sup­porting the pro­gram, North­eastern is imple­menting some of the goals that are iden­ti­fied in the Master Plan.”

The pro­gram strongly encour­ages the use of hel­mets, and lists mul­tiple retail loca­tions on its web­site where users can pur­chase them. Bicycle use and safety are also inte­grated into on-​​campus sus­tain­ability events, and infor­ma­tion and updates on bicycle events around Boston are also avail­able on the North­eastern Off-​​Campus Stu­dent Ser­vices web­site.

There are plans to expand the pro­gram to Cam­bridge, Brook­line and Somerville.