Bluebikes Essential Workers Program
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To support COVID-19 recovery, the City of Cambridge is offering free 90-day Bluebikes passes to essential workers employed at grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and local retail shops. Most hospital workers in Greater Boston can receive passes through their employer. Pass-holders will be able to take as many trips as they like during the 90-day period. Click here to register.
Important Information about Bluebikes
- Bluebikes is public transportation by bike! Our public bike share offers more than 3,000 bikes and 330 stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, and Somerville. With a Bluebikes pass, you can check out a bike from any station and return to any other station throughout the service area.
- Many of the regions small business districts are served by Bluebikes. Workers can pick up a bike near their homes and park it at a station near work, without having to worry about maintenance or carrying a lock.
- Bluebikes is a safe way to travel within the region. Being outdoors reduces the risk of transmission, and biking is an easy way to stay 6’ apart from others. Though the CDC believes risk of transmission from surfaces is very low, we regularly disinfect our bikes. Riders should always take care by wearing face coverings and washing their hands.
- Bluebikes is available 24/7. Our system rarely closes, and our teams work hard to ensure bikes and docks are reliably available across the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett and Somerville. No matter your shift, Bluebikes is there for you.
- Bluebikes is affordable public transportation. We also offer discounted passes to anyone who participates in a public assistance program, including MassHealth, SNAP, LIHEAP, and more. These passes are available for $5 for 30 days or $50 for the full year. For more information, check out our Income Eligible page.
- Once your 90-day period is over, you do not have to purchase a membership, but you may want to! Learn more about membership options.
Common Questions about this Program
Where can I ride?
Bluebikes stations are in most neighborhoods in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Everett, and Somerville. Trips must start and end at stations, but you can ride anywhere where bikes are allowed in between. The first 60 minutes of each trip is covered by your pass. If you ride on the same bike for longer, overtime fees will apply--like late library books!
How do I sign up?
First, you apply for the program at this link. Our staff will review your application within three days. If you are eligible, you’ll receive instructions to enroll at bluebikes.com. You will need to enter a valid credit or debit card number. You will not be charged for membership. You will be charged only if you incur any incidental fees, such as overtime fees for trips longer than 60 minutes.
When does the 90-day pass begin?
The 90-day pass begins as soon as you complete your enrollment on Bluebikes.com. Do not attempt to register before you are approved and sent enrollment instructions by staff, or else you will be charged for membership.
What about hospital workers?
Many hospitals and healthcare facilities in Cambridge are corporate members! Check out this website to see if your employer has a membership plan for you. If your employer is listed, click the link for the contact information of the staff person at your company who can help you register. If your employer is not listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-349-4671 to learn how you can get a discounted membership.
Are there any additional costs?
The membership is free as long as you end all of your trips within 60 minutes. Make sure you lock your bike at a station at the end of every trip! After 60 minutes, you will be charged $2.00 per 30 minutes.
What happens when my 90-day pass expires?
Your pass will become inactive. If you want to keep riding, you can switch to an annual or monthly membership. Discounted passes are available for income-eligible people.
How do I use the system?
After successful registration, you will be able to unlock bikes at any station using the mobile app, using a key fob (which you can pick up at select stations) or by dipping your credit or debit card into the kiosk. Return the bike to any Bluebikes station. If the station is full, you can request a free 15-minute extension at the kiosk and head to another station nearby. Be sure to push the bike into an empty dock. Wait until you get the green light to be sure it is locked properly. You are responsible for returning the bike properly to a station. Fees apply if you do not. Here's a quick video we made on how to take out a bike and dock correctly. And here's another on the other features of a Bluebikes bicycle.
For More Information
For more information about Bluebikes, email email@example.com or call 617-349-4671.