recent events he may be happy to be in any shelter!
I suppose they wouldn't help much if the wind was from the south, but they're awfully nice looking, and any roof over my bike is a good roof! They also have a law school only bike share- I don't know if there are other locations, but it looks like you check out the key to the lock from a staff person, and then could ride it somewhere on an errand, lock it up there, and then ride back.
At some of the dorms I've seen a new bike share called "Crimson Bikes" which, like the HLS program seems to have repurposed refurbished abandoned bikes for a student only bike share.
I think that they're relying on them being homely and mismatched to keep them from being stolen, and it might work, but the history of such informal bike sharing programs has not been great.
Still, it will help fill the gap until Hubway gets a foothold on this side of the river.