All Payments are Secure
All payments are securely processed and we never store raw magnetic stripe, card validation code or PIN data.
Payments are non-refundable once you ride.
Your payment method will be charged automatically based on your usage.
Park Outside a Station
Want to park closer to your destination? Blue Bikes can be parked at any public rack or other permitted bike parking.
There is a small $1 fee for bikes parked outside a station.
You are not limited to riding within the confines of the system.
Explore all of New Orleans. As long as you bring the bike back into the system to lock up there is no additional charge.
Out of system fee (locking up your bike outside the system): $25
Blue Bikes for All
Blue Bikes offers reduced fares for qualifying New Orleans who use Louisiana Purchase cards (EBT cards).
Residents who have a Louisiana Purchase card (EBT card) can use that number to register for the reduced fare program. Select the reduced fare option, set up your account, enter your Louisiana Purchase number, and start riding!
- This plan is income qualified. Sign up using your Louisiana Purchase number (EBT card).
- Includes one hour of riding per day.
- All time prorated to the minute.
- Additional time billed at $.13 per minute.
How it works
Choose your plan and sign up for a Blue Bikes New Orleans membership through the website or mobile app.
Enter your 6-digit account number and 4-digit PIN into the keypad on the back of the bike to unlock it.
Place the U-lock in the holster before you take off. To make a quick stop, press the “HOLD” button and lock the bike to a rack.
To end a ride, just lock your bike to any Blue Bikes station. Or, lock it at a public bike rack for a small additional fee.
Get the app
While you don’t need the app to use the system, download the Social Bicycles mobile app for an enhanced experience! The Social Bicycles mobile app for iPhone and Android is the perfect companion when you’re out and about. Here are some of the features we’ve designed to make getting around New Orleans even easier:
- Purchase your ride, on the move
- Find bikes + stations across the city
- Reserve bikes
- See your trip history and miles ridden
- Get rider reward notifications (coming soon)
Download it now:
Blue Bikes is a new way to navigate New Orleans. It is an affordable bike share program just for our city. These bikes are smart and sharp, with GPS tracking and built-in safety features – so you can roll with confidence on a bicycle built for you.
Bringing bike share to our city expands transportation options for our residents and visitors at a low cost. Blue Bikes is integrated with our transit system and won’t cost the people of New Orleans any money to maintain. Building quality public transit is essential to building a city for the ages.
Blue Bikes is a partnership between the City of New Orleans and Social Bicycles and is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
Blue Bikes directly aligns with the mission of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to improve the health and lives of Louisianans, and it is a long-term investment in the health and wellness of New Orleanians. This program encourages healthy lifestyles and gives more people access to exercise in a way that is environmentally friendly. It also gives residents of food desert areas a new way to get to farmers markets or full-service grocery stores, so they can buy fresh produce and other healthy options. Together, these factors over time can lower the total cost of care and benefit the community. Blue Cross and Blue Shield is proud to be the title sponsor of Blue Bikes.
In 2016, New Orleans selected Brooklyn-based Social Bicycles to create and operate a bike share transportation option. Social Bicycles currently manages similar bike sharing programs in more than 25 cities, including Tampa and Atlanta. Learn more at SocialBicycles.com
Do I have to take the bike back to a station?
No, you can lock the bike at any approved bike rack in the system area. These are identified on the map on the website and the app. Learn more about going for a ride.
Can I reserve a bike ahead of time?
Yes! You can use the app or the website to reserve a bike and then walk over and start riding! Your bike will be on hold for 20 minutes (you will be charged riding time after the first minute). You can also put a bike on hold during a ride to ensure no one else can rent it while you run a quick errand. Just push the “HOLD” button on the keypad on the bike before you lock up. The bike will be reserved in your name for an hour, and no one else will be able to check out the bike. It’s perfect for running inside to grab coffee or a library book. Learn more about going for a ride.
What if I get a flat tire?
Sorry about that! Push the “REPAIR” button to flag the bike in our system, and we’ll come fix it. In the meantime, use the website or the app to find the next nearest bike. Learn more about what to do if…
Does the time roll over if I don’t use it?
No. Use it or lose it. One hour a day is included with membership; you can take as many trips as you like that add up to 60 minutes. If you’d like to keep riding, it’s just $8 for each additional hour, prorated by minute. Learn more about account management.
How do I know the bikes are maintained and safe?
Blue Bikes are as tough as any bike on the market with smart-design safety features to lower risks of injury or theft. Bikes are cleaned weekly and inspected for maintenance needs. Users can report any bike issues by pressing the “REPAIR” button on the bike. Blue Bikes have GPS tracking and remote locking capabilities, front and rear safety lights and an three-speed internal hub.
Can my kids ride with me?
Only if they are at least 18 years old, and can safely reach the pedals and the hand-brakes while seated on the bike. They must pilot their own bike – no doubling.
Follow the rules
Yield to pedestrians. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Ride in the direction of traffic. Use the grip bell to signal your presence. Do not wear more than one earphone while riding. Obey traffic laws at all times.
Plan a sensible route
Plan your route before you ride to follow the safest route to your destination. You can use our app to find your way to a bike you’ve reserved or to a hub when you want to end your ride.
Do a pre-ride check
Check the bike’s tire pressure; try the grip bell; and if you’re riding at night, check that the front and rear lights are illuminated.
Make it easy for the traffic around you. Don’t make unexpected turns that put yourself and others in danger. Ride at a steady pace so other vehicles can anticipate your movement.
Wear a helmet
Whenever you ride, wear a helmet. Always buckle the strap. Replace your helmet after any crash and whenever you see signs of damage.
Tips for turns
Use hand signals to let drivers and other cyclists know your intention to turn or to stop. Don’t turn or change lanes without knowing the position of the cars and bikes around you.
Every BlueBikes member is eligible for a 30% discount on professional BERN Helmets purchased online.
New members receive a welcome email that includes a BERN discountcode after joining.
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