Income-Eligible Program

People who qualify can use Bluebikes for $50 for a year of riding or $5 for 30 days of riding

Before You Start

  • You will need a credit or debit card in order to access a membership.
  • Your membership will include unlimited 60-minute trips. After 60 minutes, there is an additional $2 fee for each 30 minutes the bike is out.
  • There’s no annual commitment for monthly memberships. After 30 days, your membership will renew only if you ride again. You will be charged the $5 monthly membership fee at that time.

How to Enroll

Sign up with EBT Card

Massachusetts EBT Card holders, who receive benefits from the MA Department of Transitional Assistance, enter your current EBT Card number in the online form. Enter your email address, select your membership type (a $50 annual membership or a $5 monthly membership), then proceed to the registration page.

Note: You cannot use SNAP benefits to purchase your membership.

Enroll with EBT Card

Don’t have an EBT Card? Apply online

Online enrollment is available for individuals aged 16 or older who qualify based on income, or participate in other assistance programs such as:

  • Free or Reduced Lunch*

  • Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP)

  • Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

  • MassHealth

  • Pell Grants

  • Public Housing (e.g. Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, or Somerville Housing Authorities)

  • SSI/SSDI

  • WIC

Apply Online

Guests and clients of homeless shelters and transitional housing agencies in the City of Boston are eligible for a subsidized membership of $5 per year. Call 617-635-1470**, or talk with your caseworker for more information.

*Applies only to residents outside of Boston, where free lunches are provided to all BPS students.

**If you have general questions about the program, or questions about your existing income-eligible membership, please email customerservice@bluebikes.com.

Start Riding

When you sign up, you’ll have the option of having your Bluebikes key mailed to you or you can pick it up from any key dispensing station (see System Map). Waiting for your key to arrive? You can unlock a bike without a key by using the Bluebikes app or by using your credit or debit card to get a ride code.

Never leave a bike unattended. Lock your bike at any station when you’re done. The first 60 minutes of each ride are included in your membership price: after 60 minutes, there is an additional $2 fee for each 30 minutes the bike is out. A ride begins when a bike is unlocked and ends when the bike is securely returned to a dock at any Bluebikes station.

Members Earn Bike Angels Points

When you start riding with Bluebikes, you can become a Bike Angel and start earning Bike Angel Points. Bike Angels are Bluebikes riders who improve the availability of bikes and docks for fellow riders and earn rewards along the way. Rack up the points by cycling from a full station to an empty station.

Learn more about how to sign up to be a Bike Angel after you become a Bluebikes member.

Questions?

Visit our Help Center or contact a representative. For questions about your current membership or general information, contact Bluebikes customer service, now supported by Lyft.

Interested in the Income-Eligible Program but still have questions about how Bluebikes works? Visit the How It Works page.