Bluebikes Bike Share
Bluebikes is public transportation by bike, owned by the municipalities of Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, and Somerville. The Bluebikes bike share system is fully integrated amongst the municipalities, so travel is seamless. With 15,000 members, Bluebikes users have taken over 6 million trips since the system launched in 2011! For more news and up-to-date information in general about Bluebikes: www.bluebikes.com.
- Hubway has become Bluebikes: In partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Hubway became Bluebikes on May 16, 2018. The partnership will greatly expand access to bike share in the metro region. Read the press release and Bluebikes FAQ for more information.
- Income-Eligible Bluebikes Memberships: Discounted bike share memberships are available to income-eligible individuals aged 16+ who participate in qualifying public assistance programs OR who meet income guidelines (up to 400% of the federal poverty line). Click here for more information.
- Youth Discount for Cambridge Residents: Discounted Bluebikes memberships are available for Cambridge residents ages 16-19. These annual memberships are $25 per year! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What Is Bike Sharing?
Bike Sharing provides you with an accessible and green transit option. Take a bike from a location near your home or office and pedal your way to the next lunch meeting, errand or shopping trip, or to visit friends and family. The cost of your membership includes unlimited rides for up to 45 minutes; longer rides incur additional usage fees.
Why Use a Bike Share?
Bike sharing is an easy and affordable way to bike in Cambridge. You can ride anywhere in the region and return your bike to any Bluebikes station in Cambridge, Boston, Somerville and Brookline. You never have to worry about storing a bike at home. Bluebikes is great for visitors, for one-way trips, and every day users.
How Do I Join?
Information about joining the network is available at www.bluebikes.com.
Can I Try it Out First?
Curious about bike share but not ready to make a membership commitment? Single Trip or Adventure passes are the way to go. Click here for more information.
About the Bikes
Bluebikes are easy, fun and safe to use and ride. They are step-thru frames, have 3 speeds, front and rear flashing LED lights and a handy front rack. Bluebikes are designed to be used comfortably by people of a wide range of heights, simply by adjusting the seat height.
Bike Sharing Stations
As of May 2018, Cambridge has 48 bike share locations and more to follow throughout the year! The entire system in Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Boston is interchangeable so you can use any bike or station at your convenience at 168 locations.
Click here for a map of the entire Bluebikes system. The map displays live data on the availability of bicycles and open docks at each station. Have an idea for a new station? Click here to submit locations where you'd like to see Bluebikes stations.
Bike sharing stations can be located on public or private property and are placed throughout the city to enable people to readily reach there destinations. The stations are solar powered and also include a kiosk for purchases and a two-sided information panel with maps and instructions.
Host a Bluebikes Station
Bring a brand new Bluebikes station adjacent to your building to demonstrate your company’s support of sustainable transportation in our region. Bike share offers your community of tenants, customers, and/or employees a convenient and sustainable form of transportation that makes getting around town a breeze!
A standard station includes 19 docks and affords an additional 11 bikes to be added to the fleet. The cost to host a station is typically $75,000 for a 6 year term (based on a 19 dock station). Cost is adjusted for different station sizes or any specialized equipment that may be needed at your location. Benefits of station sponsorship include:
- Champion status membership discount ($70/member, no subsidy required by sponsor)
- Recognition on the station and Bluebikes website
- Acknowledgment on program map (web and mobile)
- One on-site promotional event or member sign-up drive staffed by Bluebikes ambassadors
If you are interested in hosting a Bluebikes station, please contact email@example.com. To view detailed station dimensions, click here.
Are you interested in encouraging your employees to use Bluebikes? Bluebikes' Corporate Accounts options help to solve your company's transit concerns - providing you with the ability to encourage active transportation as a benefit or reward, while strengthening your commitment to green initiatives.
Click here to learn more about corporate memberships on the Bluebikes website.
More about the Benefits of Bike Share
Minneapolis Bike Share Users Spend Thousands More at Nearby Businesses
The University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs looked at the economic benefits for businesses located near a bike share station. They found that on average, users spending an additional $1.29 per trip at local businesses, and that generally the frequented sit-down restaurants, coffee shops bars, and grocery stores. Extrapolated out over the entire system, bike share users were spending an additional $150,000 a year.
Read the news article for more information.
Bike Share Stations Attract People to the Neighborhood
The Project for Public Spaces says that bike share stations are natural conversation starters, attract a stream of diverse users at all times of day and night, and become landmarks that concentrate activity - all things that are important for adjacent businesses. Read more here.
Bike Share Cities are Safer
Cities with bike share programs demonstrated a 28% decrease in cycling injuries. Read more here.
Cambridge has also seen a continuing decrease in bicycle crash rates, see here for more information.
Bicycling is Healthy
There is a plethora of evidence proving the health benefits of active transportation in general and bicycling in particular. Here are just a few references.
Bike Share Benefits the Local Bike Shop
Local bike shop owners in Washington, DC noticed an uptick in business after the Capital Bike Share system rolled out. Bike share is getting more people interested in bicycling, growing the entire market for bike shops. Read more here.
Bluebikes Title VI Compliance
As a municipally owned bike share system, Blue Bikes proudly complies to Title VI which "prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance." Learn more.
For More Information
For more information about bicycle sharing or to learn more about donating to the bike share program, please contact Cara Seiderman, firstname.lastname@example.org, at 617/349-4629.
For other questions about Bluebikes, go to the Bluebikes website.
For other questions about bicycle transportation, see our FAQ page.