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How Discover Bike San Diego Works

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Two Distinct Ways To Utilize The Program:

Bike Share Membership or Hourly Rental

Hourly Rentals: Rent any bike from any station, any time you want. Hourly rentals allow riders to keep the bike for the entire duration of the rental period. As a perk, you can also dock/park your bike at any station and check another during your rental period. The rental period starts at the time of your original transaction and is continuous.

Memberships: A membership allows you to make unlimited rides a month. You can get a Standard Membership (Unlimited 30-minute rides) or a Deluxe Membership (Unlimited 60-minute rides). The clock resets each time you dock the bike at a station, so you get UNLIMITED rides at no extra charge. When docked, the bike is then available for the next person to use. Since it’s bike ‘sharing’ you do not keep the bike in your possession the whole day.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does bike sharing work?

Patrons may access program bicycles via a network of bike sharing stations around the city. Bicycles can be checked out from any station and returned to any other station (bikes don’t have to be returned to the station where they were checked out). Access to bicycles is available with either a membership key fob or a credit/debit card.


DISCOVER® BIKE is a self-service, automated bicycle sharing and rental program implemented in partnership with the City of San Diego and operated by DISCOVER® BIKE, LLC. It is a citywide program that will operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Initially the program will consist of approximately 120 solar-powered DISCOVER® STATIONS and 1,800 DECOBIKES available to residents and visitors.

Who takes care of the DISCOVER®BIKE and DISCOVER® STATIONS?

DISCOVER® BIKE, LLC is the entity charged with operating and maintaining the DISCOVER® BIKE program, on behalf of the City of San Diego.

How do the stations work?

Stations are solar-powered and automated. They will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are modular in design and can be easily expanded to meet demand. Each station will have a map indicating station locations. You will also be able to find locations via the DISCOVER® BIKE website and mobile apps once the program is launched.

How do I take a bike out of a bike dock?

There will be two ways to access bikes at stations. Registered members will receive a Membership Key (RFID key fob) and non-members will use a credit or debit card at the station.

How do I return a bike to a bike dock?

Simply pull the bike into the dock and the probe will lock in place.

How do I ensure that my bike is properly docked?

You will see an LED light up to confirm the bike is locked in place at the dock.


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