How Hubway Works: Join, Unlock, Ride, Return | The Hubway

Get around in a whole new way

Hubway is metro-Boston's public bike share program, with 1,600 bikes and 180 stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville. It’s a fun, affordable and convenient transportation option for quick trips around town.

Step 1


Become a member online, or buy a pass from any Hubway station kiosk or through the mobile app.

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Step 2


Find an available bike nearby, and get a ride code or use your member key to unlock it.

Find a bike
Step 3


Take as many short rides as you want while your pass or membership is active.

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Step 4


Return your bike to any station, and wait for the green light on the dock to make sure it's locked.

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A fun and affordable way to get around town

24-Hour Pass


All-day Hubway access

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72-Hour Pass


Great for a long weekend

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Best deal for regular riders

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Ride with traffic

Obey traffic signals


Yield to pedestrians


Don't ride distracted

Get the App

Get our favorite mobile app for wheeling around town.

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Meet the Bike

Easy to use and built to fit everyone.

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What is Hubway?

Hubway is a bike share program, which is a form of public transportation by bike. It's owned by the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, and operated by Motivate.

Do I need bike share if I have my own bike?

Bike share can still be very useful even if you own your own bike. It’s ideal for one-way trips, when you wouldn’t be able to ride your own bike back home, or for when you're already out and decide that biking is the best way to get to where you're going. It also saves the...

How do I take a bike out?

First, you need to become an Annual Member, Monthly Member, or buy a 24-Hour or 72-Hour Pass to be able to use Hubway. Then, find available bikes on the System Map. If you're a member, you can insert your bike key into a dock to unlock a bike; or if you...

How do I return a bike?

You can return your bike to any station with an open dock – you don't have to bring it back to the station where you picked it up, making Hubway ideal for one-way trips. Find available docks on the System Map. Line up the triangle located at the front of the...