The 10 Most Affordable Bike Share Programs in the U.S.

Affordable bike rentals are popping up all over the United States and a majority of residents are pretty happy about it.

The 10 Most Affordable Bike Share Programs in the U.S.

Bike share programs are popping up all over the United States as an innovative way to provide eco-friendly, short distance transportation. Since they first began to sprout up in U.S. cities in 2010, nearly 100 million trips have been taken via bike share nationwide, growing from just four systems in 2010 to more than 55 in 2017.

One of the biggest appeals of bike sharing is the relatively low-cost. In many cities, bikes can be rented for as little as $2 per trip or $6 for an entire day. To find out which city has the most affordable bike share program, we analyzed 55 programs in major cities across the U.S. We ranked each city’s program by the cost of single-day use compared to the average hourly wage in the given city. Here’s how the top 10 cities stacked up:

Most Affordable Bike Share Programs

  1. ArborBike (Ann Arbor, MI)
  2. Hubway (Boston, MA)
  3. Metro Bike Share (Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Heartland B-Cycle (Omaha, NE)
  5. Zyp BikeShare (Birmingham, AL)
  6. BCycle (Boulder, CO)
  7. GREENbike (Salt Lake City, UT)
  8. Capital BikeShare (Washington, DC)
  9. MoGo (Detroit, MI)
  10. Ford GoBike (San Francisco, CA)

Residents Overwhelmingly Support Bike Share Programs

We surveyed 500 residents with bike share programs on their opinion. An overwhelming 88% approve of their local bike share programs, with only 11% expressing disapproval.

The biggest concerns posed by residents who approve of the programs are the cost of the bike rentals (17%) and limited car parking cause by the creation of bike stations (15%). However, the biggest concerns for those who disapprove of their local bike share is the increased number of bikes on the road (50%) and bikes bringing unwanted people to their neighborhood (25%).

Despite concerns from some residents, more than half (52%) have no complaints about their local bike share programs.


Bike share affordability is derived from the cost of a one-day pass compared to the average hourly wage (via the Bureau of Labor Statistics) of the given city. We surveyed 500 U.S. residents who identified that they lived in a city or town with a bike share program via the survey platform Pollfish. The survey was conducted Jan. 29, 2018.

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