Where do Bluebikes riders ride? When do they ride? How far do they go? Which stations are most popular? On what days of the week are most rides taken? We've heard all of these questions and more, which is why we are pleased to provide the data sets to help you discover the answers to these questions and more. We invite developers, engineers, statisticians, artists, academics and other creative members of the public to use the data we provide for analysis, development, visualization, and whatever else moves you.
Blue Bikes Comprehensive Trip Histories
We publish downloadable files of Bluebikes trip data each quarter. This data is provided according to the Bluebikes Data License Agreement.
The data includes:
- Trip Duration (seconds)
- Start Time and Date
- Stop Time and Date
- Start Station Name & ID
- End Station Name & ID
- Bike ID
- User Type (Casual = Single Trip or Day Pass user; Member = Annual or Monthly Member)
- Birth Year
- Gender, self-reported by member (Zero=unknown; 1=male; 2=female)
Also available in a separate document is the list of GPS coordinates and number of docks for each station.
The data has been processed to remove trips that are taken by staff as they service and inspect the system; and any trips that were below 60 seconds in length (potentially false starts or users trying to re-dock a bike to ensure it was secure).
Download Bluebikes trip history data
In accordance with the data standard recommended by the North American Bike Share Association (NABSA), Bluebikes publishes real-time system data in open General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS) format. Get Bluebikes' GBFS feed here. Use this data for all new projects.
We also continue to support the legacy station feed in both JSON and XML formats.
Bluebikes in 2020 Data Visualization
The year 2020 was unlike any before, and like most things, bike share in Boston changed radically. Explore the trends, growth, and scope of the Bluebikes system in 2020 with this interactive story map created by The City of Boston
Membership and Ridership
- More than 12 million trips have been taken by Bluebikes riders since the 2011 launch (as of 9/2020)
- An estimated 87,000 unique riders took trips in 2016
- An estimated 177,463 unique riders took trips in 2018
- An estimated 246,524 unique riders took trips in 2019
|YEAR||ANNUAL MEMBERS||CASUAL PASSES (24-HR & Single Trip)||TOTAL TRIPS||MILES TRAVELED|
|YEAR||STATIONS (BEGINNING / END OF SEASON)||BICYCLES (BEGINNING / END OF SEASON)||SEASON OPEN||SEASON CLOSE||TOTAL DAYS|
|2011||61||610||July 28||Nov 30||126|
|2012||61 / 105||610 / 1050||Apr 3||Nov 28||240|
|2013||105 / 130||1050 / 1200||Apr 2||Nov 27||240|
|2014||130 / 140||1200 / 1300||Apr 2||Nov 26||239|
|2015||140 / 155||1300 / 1500||Apr 17||Nov 25||223|
|2016||155 / 180||1500 / 1800||Feb 29||Dec 31||307|
|2017||180 / 190||1800||Feb 27||Dec 31||308|
|2018||190 / 262||1800 /2500+||Year-round||Year-round||365|
|2019||262 / 325||2500+ / 3500+||Year-round||Year-round||365|
|2020||325/ 365||3500+ / 3750||Year-round||Year-round||365|
Rider Trip Records
|Daily||14,403||September 14, 2020|
|Weekly||91,137||Week of September 16, 2019|
Most Popular Stations
|STATION||MUNICIPALITY||TOTAL STATION VISITS IN 2020|
|MIT at Mass Ave / Amherst St||Cambridge||118,047|
|Central Square at Mass Ave / Essex St||Cambridge||102,441|
|MIT Stata Center at Vassar St / Main St||Cambridge||89,028|
|Ames St at Main St||Cambridge||85,425|
|South Station - 700 Atlantic Ave||Boston||85,296|
|Nashua St at Red Auerbach Way||Boston||82,908|
|Harvard Square at Mass Ave / Dunster||Cambridge||71,086|
|MIT Pacific St at Purrington St||Cambridge||67,909|
|MIT Vassar St||Cambridge||58,306|
|Christian Science Plaza - Massachusetts Ave at Westland Ave||Boston||51,782|
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