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Bluebikes’ 10 millionth trip happening any second now

Boston-area bike-share plans to honor the milestone with free memberships

A bike-share kiosk with several bikes in a row attached. Shutterstock

Bluebikes will notch its 10 millionth trip in the next few days, the bike-share system announced on September 16. Nearly one-fifth of those rides occurred in 2019.

Bluebikes launched in 2011, and is owned by Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett. It has seen its ridership and its reach steadily increase over the past eight years despite competition from younger app-unlocked bike-shares such as Lime and Ant.

There are now more than 3,500 Bluebikes on the streets via 325 stations. (Bluebikes is a more conventional bike-share, wherein riders pickup and return vehicles at kiosks, rather than unlock and unlock them via app.)

The bike-share plans to mark its 10 millionth trip with what it describes as “a family-friendly evening celebration” in Cambridge on October 3. Riders can RSVP here. The event’s free, and space is limited.

Whoever takes that 10 millionth trip will also receive a free three-year Bluebikes membership; and the next 10 riders after that will get one-year free.

Annual Bluebikes memberships are $99, and provide for unlimited 45-minute rides over a 365-day period, according to the bike-share. There are also discounted memberships available.