Bluebikes Bike Share

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Bluebikes is Metro Boston's bike share system, owned by the municipalities of Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, Somerville, and Everett. The Bluebikes bike share system is fully integrated amongst the municipalities, so travel is seamless. With over 21,000 members, Bluebikes users have taken more than 10 million trips since the system launched in 2011! For more news and up-to-date information in general about Bluebikes: www.bluebikes.com

How does it Work?

Bike share is a transportation option that allows you to borrow a bike for the amount of time you need and return it when you are done with your trip. Bluebikes has bike share stations located throughout Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, Somerville, and Everett. Click here for a map of the entire Bluebikes system. You can borrow a bike from any station and return it to any other station within the system.

There are two options for using Bluebikes: 1) Become a Bluebikes member; or 2) Pay each time your borrow. A Bluebikes membership can be annual or monthly, and includes unlimited rides for up to 45 minutes; longer rides incur additional usage fees. Membership is a good option if you plan to use Bluebikes regularly. If you do not use Bluebikes enough to become a member, you can purchase a single ride or 24-hour pass. Click here to see all options for riders and prices.

Why Use Bluebikes?

Bluebikes provides you with an accessible, affordable, and sustainable transportation option for biking in Cambridge and around the Metro Boston area. Borrow a bike from a Bluebikes station near your home or work and drop it off at a different station near your destination. Bluebikes is a great way to be able to pedal to a lunch meeting, errand or shopping trip, or to visit friends and family without having to worry about storing or maintaining your own bike. Even if you own a bike, Bluebikes is a convenient option for when you are out and about or if you only want to use a bike for one part of your trip. Bluebikes has options that work for everyday users, single trips, and visitors.

How do I Become a Member?

For information about the different membership options and how to join, click here.

Discounted Memberships

Bluebikes currently offers two types of discounted memberships:

  • Income-Eligible Bluebikes Memberships: Discounted Bluebikes 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. 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.

Bluebikes Stations

As of the end of 2019, Bluebikes had 325 bike share stations, with 63 located in Cambridge. 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.

Bluebikes 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.

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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 marketing@bluebikes.com. To view detailed station dimensions, click here.

Corporate Accounts

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, cseiderman@cambridgema.gov, at 617/349-4629.

For other questions about Bluebikes, go to the Bluebikes website.

For other questions about bicycle transportation, see our FAQ page.