Study Hard, Ride Easy: Blue Bikes University Membership Only $10 a Month

Jan. 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The start of a new semester can be stressful enough – take the hassle out of getting around campus with a Blue Bikes University membership that’s only $10 a month.

Blue Bikes, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, gives riders a healthy, green, affordable way to get around New Orleans without the stress of traffic and parking.

In its first year, Blue Bikes riders took more than 311,000 trips and racked up more than 601,000 miles. That’s a savings of nearly $350,000 compared with driving the same amount of miles in their cars, and a carbon offset savings equal to more than 26,500 gallons of gasoline!

The Blue Bikes University membership for $10 a month is available to students, staff and faculty from Tulane, Delgado, Dillard, University of New Orleans and LSU Health Sciences Center. The membership comes with:

  • An hour of ride time per day, which can be used in increments or all at once. Additional ride time is charged at 10 cents per minute.
  • 24/7 access to the hundreds of bikes in neighborhoods around the city. Check out the Social Bicycles app (available in the Apple App Store or Google Play) or visit to see available bikes and hubs.
  • Ability to reserve a bike up to 20 minutes in advance, using the app.

While some of the eligible campuses are currently outside of the system area, Blue Bikes is working to expand in 2019 to include more colleges and universities. You can take advantage of the low-cost University Blue Bikes membership now and use the bikes to get around when out in the city. Blue Bikes are cheaper than cabs or most ride-share services, and bike hubs are close to events and attractions throughout New Orleans.

You need to have a valid college or university email address to sign up for the University membership plan. To sign up, choose the $10 University monthly membership plan at or in the Social Bicycles App and sign up using your school email address. You’ll need to verify that email address before you can use your Blue Bikes account.

Enter a credit card when you sign up, which will be charged $10 per month and billed for any additional ride time you use over the free hour per day.

Blue Bikes offers other membership options:

  • A Pay-As-You-Go rate of 10 cents per minute
  • A Monthly membership for $15 a month
  • A Reduced Fare membership for $20 a year, available to anyone who already has a Louisiana Purchase card or who qualifies for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the state Medicaid program

All Blue Bikes monthly or annual memberships give you an hour of ride time per day, which can be used in increments or all at once. Additional ride time is charged at 10 cents per minute. 

Riders should always lock Blue Bikes within the system area to avoid additional fees. Find an updated map of the system area at or the Social Bicycles app.

For more information on Blue Bikes memberships, to see the system map or to sign up, visit Riders can also follow Blue Bikes on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Email to learn more about becoming a participating college/university.  

About Blue Bikes
Blue Bikes is a fast, convenient and affordable transportation system for residents and visitors to move around New Orleans. The bike share program is a partnership among the City of New Orleans, Social Bicycles and title sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Sign up to ride at

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. We invest both time and money in the communities we serve, supporting the health and wellbeing of Louisianians through more than 200 charitable organizations.

With our subsidiaries, HMO Louisiana and Southern National Life, we provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to one out of four Louisiana residents. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana also provides Medicare supplement and Medicare Advantage plans and is a partner in offering the Healthy Blue Medicaid Managed care plan. Louisiana is the only state where we operate, with offices in every major region to serve our customers.

Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a tax-paying non-profit health insurer. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

To learn more, visit our website at