Media Kit

Thank you for your interest in Bluebikes. Bluebikes is Boston's regional bike sharing system that gives members access to more than 2,500+ bikes and over 260+ stations, designed to offer a one-way transportation option, similar to a bus or train.

This kit* will provide you with some core statistics of Bluebikes' operations, links to public ridership data, and hi-res, print-ready images.

*This media kit was updated on January 4th, 2019.

Facts

  • Launched on July 28, 2011, with 610 bicycles and 60 stations throughout the City of Boston.
  • In the summer of 2012, the system expanded to Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.
  • By the end of 2013, the system footprint covered approximately 20 square miles, and by the end of 2015, 25 square miles.
  • In June 2017, the City of Boston announced plans to add more than 70 new stations beginning in 2018. Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville later announced plans to expand, as well.
  • By Fall of 2017, the system grows to 185 stations with 1800 bikes operating in all four municipalities.
  • By the end of 2018, after the largest expansion to date, the Bluebikes system grew to 262 stations and 2500+ bikes.
  • Bluebikes is owned by the governments of the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and by the Town of Brookline. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council oversees the interaction and use between municipalities.
  • Bluebikes is operated by Motivate, which operates some of the largest bike share systems around the world, including New York's Citi Bike, San Francisco’s Bay Area Bike Share, Chicago’s Divvy Bikes, Washington D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare, and Portland's BIKETOWN. Each system has a different operating profile based on the scale.

Membership and Ridership

  • More than 8 million trips have been taken by Bluebikes riders since the 2011 launch (as of 12/2018)
  • An estimated 87,000 unique riders took trips in 2016
  • An estimated 177,463 unique riders took trips in 2018
YEARANNUAL MEMBERSCASUAL PASSES (24-HR & Single Trip)TOTAL TRIPSMILES TRAVELEDCALORIES BURNEDCo2 OFFSET (lbs)
20113,20330,655140,974133,7615,751,72390,957
20127,04268,752531,3881,058,70745,524,390859,670
20139,71488,644908,1651,631,45170,152,3791,324,738
201412,67388,7791,186,2562,091,38689,929,5881,698,205
201513,248102,4451,122,5442,059,07988,540,4081,671,972
201614,09699,3221,236,2362,251,50896,814,8481,828,225
201714,57795,2991,313,8372,427,998104,403,9201,971,535
201818,178248,9001,744,4012,146,416158,817,5222,999,065

System Growth

Bluebikes' solar-powered stations consist of a variable number of docks, plus a kiosk that can be used for purchasing a Single Trip or Adventure Pass valid for 24 hours, finding nearby stations, seeing real-time bike availability, and more. Some stations are equipped with key dispensers, and members can select to have new keys mailed to them or to retrieve them directly from a station. There is also a two-sided information panel which displays a map of the service and usage instructions.

Customers can ride without a key using the Bluebikes mobile app. Launched in Summer of 2017, the app allows you to take out bikes, plan routes, and receive push notification updates.

There are stations serving every line of the T, commuter rail and ferry, as well as more than 60 bus routes to accommodate multi-modal trips. Bluebikes employs 4-5 rebalancing vans, each with a payload of 20-25 bikes, are used to redistribute bicycles between 6 am and 10 pm, 7 days a week. Bicycles are redistributed dynamically in response to real-time data.

YEARSTATIONS (beginning / end of season)BICYCLES (beginning / end of season)SEASON OPENSEASON CLOSETOTAL DAYS
201161610July 28Nov 30126
201261 / 105610 / 1050Apr 3Nov 28240
2013105 / 1301050 / 1200Apr 2Nov 27240
2014130 / 1401200 / 1300Apr 2Nov 26239
2015140 / 1551300 / 1500Apr 17Nov 25223
2016155 / 1801500 / 1800Feb 29Dec 31307
2017180 / 1901800Feb 27Dec 31308
2018190 / 262 1800 /2500+Year-roundYear-round365

*Prior to 2017, Bluebikes was fully operational in Cambridge throughout the winter. For the 2017-18 winter, Bluebikes was fully operational in all four municipalities. Some on-street locations were relocated or removed due to safety and snow removal. Approximately 100 new station locations are expected in the 2018/19 expansion.

Most Popular Stations

STATIONMUNICIPALITYTOTAL STATION VISITS IN 2018
MIT at Mass Ave / Amherst StCambridge230,086
South Station - 700 Atlantic AveBoston213,939
Central Square at Mass Ave / Essex StCambridge151,271
MIT Stata Center at Vassar St / Main StCambridge146,237
Harvard Square at Mass Ave/ DunsterCambridge141,632
Copley Square - Dartmouth St at Boylston StBoston141,602
Beacon St at Massachusetts AveBoston129,937
Back Bay T Stop - Dartmouth St at Stuart StBoston118,509
Charles Circle - Charles St at Cambridge StBoston115,675
Ames St at Main StCambridge109,126
Kenmore SquareBoston107,877

Rider Trip Records

RECORD
TRIPS (updated
1/03/19)
DATE
Daily
9,974
September 29th, 2018
Weekly
58,463
September 11th - 18th, 2018
Monthly
242,881
July 2018

Additional Tools & Resources

Please direct all media inquiries and requests to media@bluebikes.com.