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Free Bluebike Passes: Grocery, Pharmacy, Restaurant, and Retail Workers

By City of Cambridge

We provide free Bluebikes passes to essential workers employed at grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and local retail shops for Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, Somerville, and Everett.

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This is an ongoing program.
Monday through Friday.

You can contact CDD during our office hours:

Mon:      8:30 A. M. to 8:00 P. M.
T/W/Th: 8:30 A. M. to 5:00 P. M.
Fri:         8:30 A. M. to Noon

Ages Young Adult to Senior Adult.

Bluebikes currently offers three types of discounted memberships:

  • Essential Workers Program: Free 90-day passes for employees at groceries, pharmacies, retailers, and restaurants. Click here for more information.
  • 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

Registration required

  • Sign-up is ongoing

Free!

This specific essential workers program is available free of charge for 90 days. Other programs are only discounted memberships. 

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.

If you want to keep riding after your pass expires in 90 days, you can switch to an annual or monthly membership. Discounted passes are available for income-eligible people.

Location

The program location changes over time.

 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.

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.

Additional information

The City of Cambridge, in partnership with the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Everett, and Somerville, announced the availability of free Bluebikes passes to essential workers employed at grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and local retail shops. Passholders will be able to take as many trips as they like during a 90-day period.

Workers at any grocery store or pharmacy located in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, or Somerville are eligible for the passes. In addition, people employed at restaurants and retail shops located in Boston and Cambridge are eligible as well. Most of the small business districts across Cambridge and Boston are served by Bluebikes, and 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.

Passes are good for 90 days from the date of registration and riders can take unlimited trips up to 60 minutes each without incurring additional fees. At the end of the 90-day pass, riders will need to proactively register for a new pass and will not be automatically charged to renew. Those interested and eligible can register at CambridgeMA.gov/bluebikes.

Many hospitals and healthcare facilities in Cambridge are also corporate members of Bluebikes. Healthcare workers can check the Essential Workers section of the website above to see if their employer is listed. If your employer is not listed, contact bluebikes@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-4671 to learn how you can get a discounted membership.