Download the SoBi app on your mobile device or on the web at app.socialbicycles.com, and choose your pass to get started. Ensure that your phone’s GPS is enabled to find bikes available nearby.
Use the app to reserve a bike or simply walk up to one and enter your account number on the bike’s keypad. When prompted, enter your 4-digit PIN to release the lock and start your ride. Remember to ride safely and obey all traffic laws.
The hold feature allows you to make multiple stops during your ride without a parking fee. Press the “hold” button and lock the bike to a rack. Just enter your 4-digit PIN to unlock and continue riding.
When you reach your destination, lock the bike and check the keypad to ensure your trip has ended. Scroll down to see a map of parking locations around the city and visit our pricing page to learn more about parking fees.
$2 fee to park your bike outside a free parking zone, but within the system area.
$50 fee will be charged for ending your trip outside of the system area. Use the “hold” feature if you are making stops outside of this boundary before ending your trip.
Only one bike may be reserved and/or checked out at one time.
Use your app to view the system area and free parking zones.
Wear a helmet.
Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals.
Ride with the flow of traffic.
Stay off all sidewalks, including pedestrian walkways in the squares.
Be predictable and signal when turning.
A program that offers the perfect vehicle to get around campus and the city of Buffalo, whether you’re going to class or riding just for fun. Bikes are easily available to you on a short term basis and sharing them gives you the flexibility to return a bike to any designated location.
Fifty bikes will be located on both North and South Campuses, with an additional 200 within the city of Buffalo you can access with your student membership. Look for stations near you by downloading the Social Bicycles app or by checking our map.
First, you need to register for an account above. You’ll be assigned an account number and you’ll get to choose a 4-digit member PIN. Find a bike on the System Map above or mobile app and type your account number and PIN into the keypad on the back of the bike. You can also reserve a bike ahead of time from the website or mobile app, so the bike will be waiting for you—you'll just need to type in your PIN when you arrive.
Yes, reservations can be made through the Social Bicycles mobile app or on the web 15 minutes in advance.
Yes, always place the U-lock in the holster on the rear left side of the bike.
Yes, there is a “hold” button on the bicycle’s keypad. Press this button and lock the bike around a bike rack to make a stop without ending your ride. Once back at the bike, just press “unlock” and enter your PIN code.
To end your ride, lock a bike to a station. Insert the U-lock into the two designated slots on the back side of the bike, pushing the lock in until it latches. Wait until you feel the click and see the “Thank you” screen on the LCD display. You can end a ride by returning your bike to any station with an open rack—you don’t have to bring it back to where you picked it up, making it ideal for one-way trips. Find available docks on the System Map or mobile app.
Confirm by tugging the U-lock in both directions to make sure it is latched. Look out for the “Thank you” screen on the LCD display above the keypad.
Bikesharing supports your health and the environment, while also enhancing transportation options at the University as well as in the city of Buffalo.