Biking & Cyclists

Hamilton Bike Share

As of June 30, 2020 Hamilton Bike Share is back in operation!

How to sign up

Anyone who had a bike share membership in the past and would like to continue riding will need to log in to their account at www.hamiltonbikeshare.ca or on the Social Bicycles app and select a payment plan to re-subscribe to.

New riders will also be able to sign up at both the website and on the app. Hamilton Bike Share offers three membership types:

  • Pay-as-you-go (15¢/minute)
  • Monthly ($20/month)
  • Seasonal Supporter plan ($100 for 6 months).

Hamilton is also home to the Everyone Rides Initiative (ERI) which is committed to equity in cycling and removes the barriers that prevent people from accessing bikes and cycling as an option for transportation and fun! The ERI works to make Hamilton Bike Share more equitable through:

  • Bike access
  • Subsidization
  • Education
  • Outreach

 For more information visit: www.everyonerides.org

Did you know?

As of May 2020, the SoBi Hamilton public bike share transit system has over 26,000 active members, with 900 bicycles in operation across 130 stations. Riders have travelled over 2.3 million kilometers across over 1.6 million trips. Compared to average car travel, they have reduced 1,000 tons of carbon equivalent, burned 91 million calories, and saved $1.3 million dollars collectively.

How it works

  1. Pick a plan. Choose a payment plan to open an account and get started. Each rider must have their own account.
  2. Unlock. Unlock a bike right away using your assigned 6-digit account number and the PIN you selected during registration.
  3. Ride. You can ride anywhere within our service area. Your payment plan determines the cost of your ride.
  4. Return. To end your trip, just lock your bike to a rack in one of our 110 hub locations. You do not need to return your bike to the same hub you started from.

 For more information about the bike share program, including station locations and memberships, please visit www.hamiltonbikeshare.ca

Bike Share System Analysis

Council Reports


History

In 2014 the City of Hamilton, in partnership with Social Bicycles, started the implementation of a bike share program. Over 100 stations were installed between downtown Dundas and Gage Park and about 200 bikes started rolling out in January 2015 as part of the first test phase of the new year-round program. The full fleet of 750 bikes was deployed in Spring 2015 for the official launch of the program. The program was funded by a Metrolinx Quick Wins grant and serves transit riders, commuter cyclists, recreational cyclists, those who primarily drive but are looking for alternatives and visitors to Hamilton. The bike share was operated by local not-for-profit, Hamilton Bike Share Inc., as a subcontractor to Social Bicycles 

Hamilton Bike Share timeline

In 2017, the City partnered with Hamilton Bike Share Inc. to expand the Everyone Rides Initiative (ERI), Canada’s first Bike Share Equity program, through a Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Hamilton Community Foundation grant. The ERI has removed barriers to travel for thousands of Hamiltonians who cannot afford to access bike share, as well as, newcomers to Hamilton, and those who require adaptive bicycles, such as three-wheeled bicycles. In 2019 Social Bicycles rebranded as JUMP Mobility and then purchased by Uber, who took over the operations of the bike share from Hamilton Bike Share. In February, 2020 the City of Hamilton resigned a contract with Social Bicycles to continue operating the system until February 19, 2021. In May, 2020 JUMP/Uber announced they would be breaking their contract early and ending system operations on June 1, 2020 citing COVID-19 related issues. In June 2020 a motion was passed at Hamilton City Council allowing Hamilton Bike Share Inc. to operate the bike share system until February 19, 2021.

 

Bike Locations Map

Find a Bike Share bike or hub near you.