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Bluebikes

Bluebikes is public transportation by bike! With 3,500 bikes and 330 stations it's a fast, fun, and affordable way to get around Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, and Somerville.

Bluebikes is jointly owned and managed by Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, and Somerville. Our bikes are sturdy, maintained by professional mechanics, and have adjustable seats. Since launching in 2011, residents and visitors have taken 11.5 million trips!

Free 90-Day Passes for employees of restaurants, retail shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies! More info below.

Bluebikes customer service

Need help regarding a recent trip or purchase?

855-948-2929

Have a question about bike share planning or policies?

Contact the Boston Transportation Department: bikeshare@boston.gov

Free 90-Day Pass for Essential Workers

employees of retail shops or restaurants in Boston:

Fill out this short form to sign up:

Get your pass

To support employees of small businesses, the City of Boston is offering free 90-day passes to people who work in retail shops or restaurants. 

Pass-holders will be able to take as many trips as they like during the 90-day period. Trips must be completed within 60 minutes to avoid usage fees. Riders are responsible for any fees and for bikes that go missing during their rental period. There is no obligation to continue paying for the pass once the 90 days are over.

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible for this program if you:

  • work in a restaurant in Boston, or
  • work in a retail store in Boston.

*At this time, the program is limited to employees of retail and restaurants in the City of Boston. 

Employees of Grocery Stores or Pharmacies 

Fill out this short form to sign up:

Get your pass

We are offering free 90-day passes to people who work in a grocery store or pharmacy that is located in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, or Somerville.

Pass-holders will be able to take as many trips as they like during the 90-day period. Trips must be completed within 60 minutes to avoid usage fees. Riders are responsible for any fees and for bikes that go missing during their rental period. There is no obligation to continue paying for the pass once the 90 days are over.

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible for this program if you:

  • are employed by a grocery store located in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, or Somerville, or
  • employed by a pharmacy located in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, or Somerville

Boston's Bike Share System

OUR SYSTEM

Our publicly-owned bike share system is essential to Boston’s transportation system. It is a reliable, low-cost option — and fun, too!

Boston was among the first large cities in the U.S. to commit to a bike share system. We launched with 60 stations and 600 bikes in summer 2011. Today, we own 220 stations and around 2,200 bikes. With our partners in Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, our publicly-owned bike share system offers more than 330 stations and 3,500 bikes. Our riders have taken more than 11.5 million trips via bike share since launch, including more than 2.5 million in 2019 alone.

Hello Bluebikes!

We are excited to welcome Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts as the title sponsor of our system. In recognition of their support, our system is now called Bluebikes! 

The City of Boston, with our municipal partners, continue to own and co-govern the bike share system. We meet regularly to review system performance and provide guidance. The City locates Blue Bikes stations in collaboration with our residents. We have more information about our bike share history:

Bike share journey

bluebikes dock

HOW TO RIDE

FIND A BIKE: 

Find a station with an available bike on the Station Map. Insert your key into a dock or get a ride code from the kiosk or your Bluebikes app. When the light turns green, pull the bike out.

GET GOING: 

The first 45-minutes of each trip is covered by your membership. If you ride on the same bike for longer, overtime fees will apply (like late library books!). Dock your bike within 45 minutes and you will not be charged overtime fees.  Riders with a discounted pass have 60 minutes to complete their trip. 

RETURN THE BIKE TO A STATION: 

Never leave a bike unattended. Always dock your bike at a station and check for the green light before you walk away.  The penalty for a lost or stolen bike is $1200. This is how much it costs for the City to buy a replacement bike.

GO AGAIN: 

Your membership includes as many 45-minute trips as you’d like. Ride whenever you want, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! 

A system that reaches more residents

We're bringing service to new neighborhoods and adding capacity in our existing service area, aligned with our Go Boston 2030 goals.

From 2017 to 2019, we added 75 new stations in the City of Boston. We brought bike share to new neighborhoods in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury. The City of Boston now owns 230 stations and more than 2500 bikes as part of the regional system.

In 2020 and 2021, we will bring bike share to Hyde Park for the first time and add to the network in Mattapan. We are looking for your help to plan these locations!

Help Us Plan Stations in Hyde Park and Mattapan

Building a better bike share system

We want our system to remove the barriers to low-income residents and communities of color. We know we have to listen, elevate, and respond as we continue to build a better bike share for Boston.

Building a better system

Discounted Bluebikes

We offer discounted passes for income-eligible riders: $50 for an annual pass or $5 for a 30-day pass.

Discounted Bluebikes