Bike share was designed to allow users to make short trips around town. The sturdy-framed bikes are available at any docking station in the city. The bikes can be taken from any station and returned to any station in the bike share system.
While bike share has similarities to traditional bike rental, bike share is perfect for short trips around town. Traditional bike rental is a better option for trips longer than a couple of hours.
Bike Share Toronto is for riders 16 years or older. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Riders use streets, bike lanes, and bikeways throughout the city of Toronto. Bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks, expressways, and highways (such as the 400 series and QEW). Riders are also prohibited on streets where there are “No Bicycle” signs posted. See Rules of the Road for safety tips.
Bike share is perfect for short trips around town. Riders use bike share for commuting to work or leisure—like running errands, going to appointments or meeting up with friends. Bike share can also connect you to public transportation. Others use bike share simply for exercise or exploring the city.
Bike share is still useful if you have your own bike. Perfect for short, one-way trips, using bike share when you are already out or unable to ride your bike home is a great way to get you where you want to go. There’s no need to carry your bike lock, it spares your bike from wear and tear, and can get you quickly from Point A to Point B. Many bicycle owners join bike share because they find there are many reasons and times to use bike share instead of their own bikes.
Join as an Annual Member for only $99 (plus HST) per year. Day Passes or 3-Day Passes are also available for purchase. See Pricing for more details.
A station is the strip of bikes that are available around the city. These stations are solar-powered and hold a variable number of bikes. A dock holds the available bicycles. Bicycles are locked into a docking port and can only be unlocked using a bike share key or ride code. The dock has a slot for the bike share key and a keypad to enter a ride code. Each dock has a red, yellow, and green light. A red light indicates a broken bike that cannot be unlocked or used.
A kiosk at most stations. It contains information on how to use Bike Share Toronto and provides a touch screen for buying passes, getting ride codes, and redeeming gift certificates.
Bike Share Toronto is an enjoyable and cost-effective way to get around Toronto. Buy a Day Pass or become an Annual Member to gain access to 5,000 bikes throughout the city. Locate a bike at one of the 465 stations and return the bike to any other station in the bike share system. Take as many quick trips as you want while your pass or membership is active. See How It Works for more information.
Bike Share Toronto bicycles were designed to fit riders of all heights and sizes. At the bottom of the seat post is a black lever that lets you adjust the seat to your height. The seat post also has numbers, so you can remember your height setting. See Meet the Bike for more information. Don't forget: you must be 16 years or older to ride Bike Share Toronto.
The first 30 minutes of each ride is included in the base price of the pass or with your membership. Extra usage fees apply after 30 minutes. See Annual Membership and Day Passes for more information on pricing.
After 30 minutes, it costs an extra $4 for every additional set of 30 minutes.
Return the bike to any one of the 465 stations with an open dock. Locate an available dock on the Station Map or mobile app. Match the triangle on the front of the bike with the dock and insert the bike. A green light appears on the dock and locks the bike in the dock.
Yes, but you still have to return the bike to a station after your ride. Remember, extra usage fees apply after 30 minutes. See Annual Membership and Day Passes for more information on pricing.
Smart Stations are bike stations without the kiosk. The hardware and solar panel are all housed within the map frame at the end of the station. There is no credit card reader so any transactions have to take place through the CycleFinder app.
Bike Share Toronto bicycles were created for simple riding in an urban setting. The bikes were designed with comfort in mind, and any rider regardless of height or skill will be comfortable. See Meet the Bike for more information.
To use Bike Share Toronto, you must join as an Annual Member or purchase a Pass. Users can unlock bikes in four different ways: (1) Inserting an annual membership card into a dock with an available bike (2) Entering a 5-digit code from the kiosk into a dock's pin pad (3) Entering a 5-digit code from the app into a dock's pin pad (4) Scanning a bike's QR Code via the app.
Bike share was created for quick trips and getting from Point A to Point B. Rides are limited to 30 minutes to ensure bike availability for all riders to “share.” This encourages riders to use bike share for quick trips and return the bike to any station within 30 minutes.
Annual Members can log into their accounts and check their billing statements.
Riders that purchased a Day Pass or a 3-Day Pass can go to a kiosk at any station, push “Account Info,” and review the instructions on the touch screen. For questions or help, contact Customer Service.
Match the triangle on the front of the bike with the dock and insert the bike. A yellow light then appears. If a green light appears, the bike locks into the dock and your ride has ended. If a red light appears, the bike is not locked into the dock. If no light appears, the bike is not locked into the dock. If a red light or no light appears, remove the bike from the dock and re-insert the bike into the dock. If you have trouble docking your bike, call Customer Service at (855) 898-2378.
No, dock your bike before you get on the bus or train. Pick up another bike at a station after you get off the bus or train if you are still within the bike share service area.
An Annual Membership is $99. See Annual Membership for more information.
Annual memberships are activated upon completion of registration. A bike share key is sent in the mail, but ride sooner once activated by getting ride codes on the Transit App. Your subscription confirmation email will provide Transit App instructions.
Yes, you can ride without your member key by using the CycleFinder app. Log-in to the app with your Bike Share Toronto account to unlock bikes from your smartphone. Users can either scan a bike's QR code to unlock or recieve a 5-digit code to enter into a dock's pin pad to unlock.
Once you receive your bike share key, log into your account on the Bike Share Toronto website, and click on the tab that says "Key". Enter your key's ID code and click "Activate Bike Key". The ID code on your bike share key is right below the barcode. Contact Customer Service if you need help.
No, Annual Memberships cannot be shared and are not transferrable. As the account holder, you will be responsible for any usage fees or lost bike fees if you lend your bike share key to a friend.
Members are automatically registered for auto-renew when you sign up for an Annual Membership. The card on file will be billed the day before your membership expires, so there is no stoppage in service.
For members who turned off auto-renew in their accounts, log into your account and click “Renew” under Current Membership Plan.
Yes, see PRESTO card holders for more information.
Sign up through this website. See Annual Membership for more information and click, “Join Now.”
Your Bike Share key will be sent in the mail within one business day of registering. Toronto addresses should receive the key within 3-5 business days. Download and sign into Transit App to get ride codes while you wait for the key to arrive.
Once you insert your bike share key into the slot on the dock, a yellow light appears first and then turns green. If a green light appears, the bike unlocks and you can remove the bike from the dock. If a red light appears, remove the key, wait for the light to turn off, and try again.
If you’re not getting any light at all when you insert your bike share key into the slot on the dock, make sure your bike share key has been activated. If your bike share key is activated and you need help, contact Customer Service.
Since usage fees are incurred for rides longer than 30 minutes or for lost bikes, every member must have an active credit card on file. See Annual Membership for more information. Please log into your account and update your information if your address changes or your credit card expiration date is soon.
No, Annual Members may use only one bike at a time. Purchase a Day Pass or a 3-Day Pass from a station kiosk for a friend that wants to use Bike Share Toronto.
Purchase a Single Trip for $3.25 for a one-way trip, a Day Pass for $7 for 24-hour access or a 3-Day Pass for $15 for 72-hour access. See Day Passes for more information.
Purchase a pass with any major credit card at any station kiosk’s touch screen. Prepaid cards are not accepted.
If you do not incur any additional usage fees, the $20 will be released within 5-10 business days, and up to 30 business days for international banks. Contact your bank or credit card provider if you don’t receive your funds within the allotted time frame.
No, if you want to purchase a second Day Pass before the first Day Pass expires, you must use a different credit card.
Pass holders can unlock bikes three different ways. If you purchased your pass via a station kiosk, you will receive a 5-digit code. Enter the ride code on the keypad on the dock once you locate an available bike. Ride codes are valid for 5 minutes and are for single-use only. Once your ride code expires or you want to ride again while your pass is active, you must insert the same credit card into the station kiosk to receive a new ride code. Alternatively, you can download the CycleFinder app and select "I created an account at a station" to access your pass from your smartphone. To unlock via the app, users have the option of scanning a bike's QR Code by selecting the QR Code icon or requesting a 5-digit code by tapping a station on the map.
No, but you must use the same credit card that you used to purchase your pass and your pass must still be active.
You can purchase a Single Trip, Day Pass or 3-Day Pass one of two ways:
Buy a pass at a station kiosk, follow the step-by-step instructions, unlock a bike, and return a bike.
Use CycleFinder to buy passes and get ride codes to unlock bikes right from your phone. See Get the App for more information.
A pre-authorization of $20 per bike is charged to your card account in case you incur any additional usage fees. If you do not incur any additional usage fees, your card will not be charged.
You do not have sufficient credit limit on your credit card account to cover the $20 security deposit hold.
Your bank rejected the transaction.
You are trying to use a prepaid card.
Each Day Pass or 3-Day Pass allows up to 4 bikes—$7 per bike for a Day Pass and $15 per bike for a 3-Day Pass. See Day Passes for more information.
No. For multiple bikes on one pass, one ride code is issued to unlock all bikes. If you want to ride again while your pass is active, you must insert the same credit card into the station kiosk to receive a new ride code.
There are always risks with any mode of transportation, but bike share is relatively safe. The sturdy-framed bikes are durable and comfortable. Each bicycle comes with a loud bell, several reflectors and self-powered LED lights, so the bike is easily seen by cars and other cyclists. All of these features, along with riders staying alert, reduce the chance of an accident. All riders should also wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injury in case of an accident.
Adjust the seat for your height, press the brakes to check the resistance, and check that the tires are inflated. See Rules of the Road for more safety tips.
Cyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while riding. Although adults 18 years and older are not required by law to wear a helmet, all riders should wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injury in case of an accident.
Ride with traffic
Obey all traffic signs and signals
Yield to pedestrians
Stay off sidewalks
Never ride distracted
Use hand signals
See Rules of the Road for more safety tips.
The organization CAN-BIKE offers classes for adults on learning to ride, navigating traffic, commuting by bike, and more. Visit their website for more information and a schedule of classes.
Once you’ve entered the correct ride code on the keypad on the dock and the green light does not appear, your ride code may not work because:
A red light appears because the bike is broken and cannot be unlocked from the dock.
The technology on the dock is not working properly and something is wrong on the dock itself.
Ride codes expire 5 minutes after they are issued.
If your ride code is still valid, locate another available bike at the same station and try entering the ride code again. If your ride code still doesn’t work, request another ride code from the station kiosk by inserting the same credit card. You will not be charged to request another ride code.
Contact Customer Service at (855) 898-2378 to deactivate your bike key as soon as possible. Any extra usage, damage, or lost bike fees incurred by your bike share key will be your responsibility before you report your key as lost or stolen.
Contact Customer Service to order a new bike share key for a small replacement fee.
Return the bike to the closest dock and press the “wrench” button. A red light appears on the dock, so no other rider can use it until it is fixed by a technician.
Find available bikes on the transit, the Station Map or the station kiosk.
Riders are responsible for their bikes from the time they unlock them from a dock until they lock them in a dock after a ride. If your bicycle is stolen while it is checked out, file police report by calling the Toronto Police Service at (416) 808-2222 and by calling Customer Service at (855) 898-2378. Riders may be responsible for the fee of recovery or replace of the bike—$1200 (+ tax).
Your bike share key may not work because:
You haven’t activated your bike share key yet. Log into your account and activate your bike share key.
You haven’t returned your last bike. You must return the bike before you take out another bike.
Your credit card on file is expired or invalid. Your key deactivates if you do not have an active credit card on file.
You aren’t inserting your bike share key correctly into the slot in the dock. If a light appears when you insert your bike share key, your key is working.
If you are still having problems with your bike share key, contact Customer Service to receive a new key.
If there is a bike on the dock, it means the bike is broken and cannot be used until it is fixed by a technician.
If there is no bike on the dock, it means there is an issue with the dock. It will not accept a bike return.
If the bike you take out has an issue, just return it to the closest dock and press the “wrench” button.
Find another station on the Transit App, the Station Map, or the station kiosk (if available). To avoid usage fees after 30 minutes, go to the station kiosk, press “No bike docks available?” and follow the instructions to receive an extra 15 minutes to find an available dock. If at a Smart Station, call Customer Service for a time extension at 855 898 2378
Call 911 immediately if you are injured. Call the police precinct where the crash occurred and file a report with a police officer to document all important information.
Riders must also contact Bike Share Toronto within 24 hours by contacting Customer Service at (855) 898-2378. Tell the representative all of the facts of the crash.
Please note that the bike is still your responsibility until it locked at a dock. If you are unable to dock your bike, contact Customer Service and a Bike Share Toronto representative will come and help you.