How to Bike Your Way Through 10 Major Cities

If you’re anything like us, you’re always trying to find ways to incorporate more fitness into your everyday life. Whether that’s by opting for the stairs over the escalator, taking midday walking breaks during work or squeezing in a quick yoga flow while waiting for your food to heat up in the microwave (anyone else?).

Another one of our faves? Opting to ride a bike to our destination, whether that’s work, class or a friend’s apartment, instead of driving or using the city’s metro system. Not only does it allow you to multi-task traveling and exercising, but it’s also a much greener way to get where you need to be.

If you live in a major city, you’re going to want to bookmark this guide. Here’s how to participate in your city’s bike-sharing program:

Philadelphia

Explore Philly in a whole new way by picking up one of its Indego bikes. They have both long-term and short-term memberships, whether you’re interested in trying biking out or looking for something more long-term.

Boston

If you’re in the Boston area, check out Hubway, Boston’s bicycle-sharing program that launched back in 2011 on Earth Day. It currently has over 180 stations and 1,600 bikes that can bring you across the city.

London

Feeling tired of the tube? London’s bike-sharing system, known as Transport for London, offers free 30-minute rides every time you choose to bike, after paying an annual fee.

Chicago

The greener way to get around Chicago is known as Divvy, a system that operates nearly 6,000 bikes at over 500 stations in the surrounding area. Besides the fact that bike riding is a whole lot more fun than sitting in traffic, these bright blue bikes are too fun to not want to ride.

Melbourne

This Australian city may have been ahead of its time, launching the Melbourne Bike Share early on in 2010. It has quickly jumped to over 500 bikes across 50 stations in its business district.

New York

Another one of the early crusaders for bike-sharing, New York launched its Citi Bike program in 2013. Two years later, it became the largest bicycle-sharing program in the U.S. and now has over 700 stations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City. The Citi Bike program even has its own online membership program, where you pay annually for unlimited short-term rides.

Atlanta

While it’s only been around for a little over a year, Atlanta launched its own bike program for the city, known as Relay Bike Share. With over 500 bicycle stations to choose from, there are endless opportunities to take a greener way to your destination.

Toronto

If you’re in Toronto, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for Bike Share Toronto, the city’s biking system that offers over 2,000 bikes across 200 stations.

Miami

The city introduced bike-sharing to its community back in 2011, known as DecoBike, complete with an app to help locate bikes nearby and stay up-to-date on how many free bikes there are left. With nearly always sunny weather year-round, it’d be smart to take advantage of this system.

Los Angeles

If you live in L.A., there’s a good chance you’re looking to avoid the overly congested traffic conditions. Thankfully, Los Angeles took a more green-friendly approach by installing Metro Bike Share systems in major parts of the city, including Santa Monica, Hollywood, Westwood and more.

Washington D.C.

If you reside in the D.C. area, or even parts of Virginia, chances are you’ve come across Capital Bike Share, which at one point was the largest bike-sharing system in the country. While it no longer holds that title, the tremendous system still boasts over 350 stations, making it extremely accessible to biking commuters.

 

Stephanie Limiti is a born and raised New Yorker living out her dreams of palm trees and sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not zenned out in yoga class, she's reading biographies and volunteering at dog rescue shelter. Follow her on Instagram.