Tucson will Tugo for FREE this October thanks to El Rio Health


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Ride Tugo Bike Share for Free this October


The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), in partnership with Shift Transit, the Tugo Bike Share operating company, announce Free Ride Thursdays during the month of October, thanks to program sponsor El Rio Health.


Getting active while maintaining a safe distance from others, riders can enjoy no-cost daily passes every Thursday in October. The free daily pass gives users access to unlimited 30-minute, station-to-station trips for 24 consecutive hours. Visit a station or download the CycleFinder/PBSC app to get moving for free with El Rio Health. Refer to the Tugo system map to locate a nearby station.


Tugo Bike Share provides a healthy, convenient and affordable means of transportation spanning many neighborhoods; the system has seen more than 22,600 trips and sold more than 2,900 passes in the last 12 months. Expanding the service area in 2019 to include four new neighborhoods and a total of 41 stations, Tugo Bike Share continues to make bikesharing more accessible citywide. Changing the way Tucson moves, over 46,000 miles have been biked with Tugo so far this year accounting for approximately 41,800 pounds of CO2 emissions saved and over two million calories burned. Offering a variety of passes to suit the needs of locals and visitors, riders can choose from short-term access passes, monthly passes, annual passes and more!


In an effort to prioritize health and safety, Tugo Bike Share has ramped up its cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. As bikes are regularly in use and exposed to the environment, Bike Share continues to strongly recommend that riders take the steps outlined in the Pima County Health Department and the CDC when using the system. The best way to prevent infection is to follow the recommended personal hygiene measures by cleaning your bike before use.


More information on Tugo Bike Share is available at: https://tugobikeshare.com/



Take Advantage of Free Ride Thursdays, brought to you by El Rio Health


Free ride thursdays

• Download the CycleFinder/PBSC app or visit the Tugo Bike Share website system map to find a station near you.


• Go to any of the 41 bike share stations between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on one of the five Thursdays in October.


• Select “Buy a pass” on the kiosk touch screen and select “$0 One-Day”, then insert your credit card and follow the on-screen instructions. You can also obtain your pass on the CycleFinder/PBSC app by selecting “Purchase Access Pass.” There is a refundable $24 deposit per bike.


• After completing the transaction, type in the code you received into the keypad on the left side of the docking point of the bike of your choice.


• Go out and explore Tucson – don’t forget to dock every 30 minutes to avoid overage fees Overage fees will apply if ride is over the allotted 30 minutes.


• To continue exploring Tucson on two wheels, simply unlock the same bike or another by requesting new ride code. Ride again and again for 24h consecutive hours with your $0 Daily Pass.




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City of Tucson Department of Transportation                                                    

Andrew Bemis, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Coordinator                            




Shift Transit 

Heili Toome 









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