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Freedman Back as Boston Bikes Director

Nicole Freedman was instrumental in several Boston-based bicycle initiatives, most notably the Hubway system.

After nine months away from the city, the Boston Bikes program has its director back.

Nicole Freedman, director of Mayor Thomas Menino’s Boston Bikes program from 2007 to April 2012, will resume the role, according to a statement released Thursday.

Freedman, well known in Jamaica Plain, left in April to become executive director of Maine Huts and Trails in Kingfield, Maine, according to the statement. 

Kris Carter served as interim director in Freedman’s absence.

“I’m so excited to be back in Boston, and grateful for the vision of the Mayor, and the work of Kris Carter and the team of people who have continued to lead Boston Bikes on a successful path,” Freedman said in the statement. “Over the past five years, the program has made tremendous strides, but there’s always more work to do. We’re looking forward to another successful year of cycling in Boston.”

Freedman oversaw the launch of the Hubway bike share system and helped bring the first professional bike race to Boston in 20 years, according to the statement.

“In 2007, we set out to make Boston a world-class bicycling city, and Nicole was the clear choice for a leader who both shared that vision and had the passion to make it a reality,” Menino said in the statement. “Since her departure, Boston Bikes has continued to thrive and improve access for all cyclists, and we’re thrilled Nicole has joined us again to keep that momentum going.”

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