Melbourne Bike Share FAQs

Who can use the Melbourne Bike Share system?

You have to be at least 15 years of age and measure at least 1.25 metres in height to use the Melbourne Bike Share. Users who are minors (15 – 17 years) must be subscribed by their legal guardians and remain under their responsibility.

The station I’ve arrived at is full and my time is almost up. What do I do?

Despite our best efforts occasionally stations become full. If you find that this has happened, use your Melbourne Bike Share Key (credit card for casual users) to identify yourself at the station to receive an extra 15 minutes – enough time to ride to the next.

If you have the app on your smart phone you’ll be able to check live updates as to which stations are full and how many docks are free at other stations.

Download the app or check out our map online.

I hired more than one bike however only one unlocking code displayed?

When you purchase a bike rental subscription and select ‘print code’ only the first code will print. The screen will tell you to input the code and take out the bike however if you have hired multiple bikes the screen will change within about 10 seconds with instructions on how to access the codes for the other bikes. You have 5 minutes to unlock a bike/s before the code/s expires.

Keep an eye out for this and you’ll be cycling in no time.

There are no helmets with the bikes we wish to hire

Not all our blue bikes will have a courtesy helmet, however, each bike rental station has a helmet retailer located within 300 metres where you can purchase a helmet for $5.00.

See below for a list of helmet retailers.

Station Nearest Store
Sprint St / Collins St, City 7-Eleven 152 Exhibition Street
Jolimont Station – Wellington Pde South – East Melbourne 7-Eleven 152 Exhibition Street
Queensbridge St / Yarra River – Southbank 7-Eleven 26 King St
Aquarium – Kings Way / Flinders St – City 7-Eleven 26 King St
Domain Interchange – Park St / St Kilda Rd – Melbourne 7-Eleven 424 St Kilda Road
Kings Way / St Kilda Rd – Melbourne 7-Eleven 424 St Kilda Road
Richmond Station – Brunton Ave – East Melbourne 7-Eleven 424 St Kilda Road
Queens Rd / Bowen Cres – Melbourne 7-Eleven 424 St Kilda Road
MSAC – Aughtie Dve – Albert Park 7-Eleven Albert Park
Plum Garland Reserve – Beaconsfield Pde – Albert Park 7-Eleven Albert Park
Bridport St / Montague St – Albert Park 7-Eleven Albert Park
Gasworks Arts Park – Pickles St – Albert Park 7-Eleven Albert Park
Pickles St / Ingles St – Port Melbourne 7-Eleven Albert Park
Yorkshire Brewery – Wellington St – Collingwood 7-Eleven Collingwood
Fitzroy Town Hall – Moor St – Fitzroy 7-Eleven Fitzroy
Argyle Square – Lygon St – Carlton 7-Eleven Lygon Street
Museum – Rathdowne St – Carlton 7-Eleven Lygon Street
Bourke Street Mall – 205 Bourke St – City 7-Eleven Melb 190 Bourke
St Paul’s Cathedral – Swanston St / Flinders St – City 7-Eleven Melb 190 Bourke
University Square – Grattan St – Carlton 7-Eleven Melb Swanston St
Programming Terminal 7-Eleven Melbourne
State Library – Swanston St / Little Lonsdale St – City 7-Eleven RMIT
RMIT – Swanston St / Franklin St – City 7-Eleven RMIT
Federation Square – Flinders St / Swanston St – City 7-Eleven Southbank
Sandridge Bridge – Southbank 7-Eleven Southbank
Southern Cross Station – Spencer St – City 7-Eleven Southern Cross Station
Fitzroy Street – St Kilda 7-Eleven St. Kilda
Flagstaff Gardens – Peel St – West Melbourne 7-Eleven Vic Market
Victoria Market – Elizabeth St / Victoria St – City 7-Eleven Vic Market
Siddeley St / Seafarers Bridge – Docklands Ezy Convenience Store Shop 17A 60 Siddley St
South Melbourne Market – York St / Cecil St – South Melbourne Ezy Convenience Store Shop 17A 60 Siddley St
Beach St – Port Melbourne IGA 103 Beach St
Coventry St / St Kilda Rd – Southbank IGA 151 Sturt St
VCAM – St Kilda Rd / Southbank Blvd – Southbank IGA 151 Sturt St
ACCA – Sturt St – Southbank IGA 151 Sturt St
Rod Laver Arena – Batman Ave / Swan St – City IGA 151 Sturt St
Coventry St / Clarendon St – South Melbourne IGA 151 Sturt St
Harbour Town – Docklands Dve – Docklands IGA 18 Rakaia Way
New Quay Prom / Harbour Esp – Docklands IGA 18 Rakaia Way
North Melbourne Station – Adderley St – North Melbourne IGA 18 Rakaia Way
Yarra’s Edge – River Esp / Yarra River – Docklands IGA 54 River Esplanade
Yarra’s Point – Lorimer St / Yarra River – Docklands IGA 54 River Esplanade
NAB – Harbour Esp / Bourke St – Docklands IGA 800 Bourke St
ANZ – Collins St – Docklands IGA 800 Bourke St
Napier St / Victoria Pde – Fitzroy Melbournia Shop 5 50 Bourke
Parliament Station – Nicholson St / Albert St – City Melbournia Shop 5 50 Bourke
RACV – Bourke St / New Chancery Ln – City RACV Melbourne Shop 438 Little Collins St
West Beach Pavilion – Beaconsfield Pde – St Kilda West St Kilda Convenience Store 27 Fitzroy St
Cleve Gardens – Fitzroy St – St Kilda St Kilda Convenience Store 27 Fitzroy St
Luna Park – Lower Esp – St Kilda St Kilda Convenience Store 27 Fitzroy St
Melbourne Uni – Tin Alley – Carlton Unibicycle Building 103 Tin Alley


I found a helmet!

We no longer offer a $3 rebate. If you find a helmet, you have two options:

Put it on a bike at any one of our bike stations or hand it to one of our retail partners where it will be sent to be recycled.

What is the security deposit for?

A pre-authorisation security deposit of $10 (per bike) is placed on your credit card for the bike you hire. This holds $10 on your credit card that you cannot spend, as security in the event there is a problem with the bike/s you have rented.

The $10 deposit is charged once per pass purchased.

All Users can unlock and dock bikes anytime day or night. Daily rider’s subscriptions expire 24 hours after purchase.

How long until I get my security deposit refunded back?

Melbourne Bike Share (MBS) does not control the length of how long the funds are held as this is controlled by your bank. The time that it takes to release this ‘hold’ varies between banking institutions and from our experience the can be anywhere between 3 – 10 business days.

Why have I been charged extra usage fees?

When a daily subscription is purchased, it gives you the access to the system for a 24 hour period. This does not mean you can take the bike/s out for continuous 24 hour period without re-docking.

You can take as many trips as you like but each trip needs to be within 45 minutes. If any trip exceeds this threshold or the bike has not been re-docked correctly then you will incur extra charges as per the pricing table outlines at all of the MBS stations

Remember, short trips, less charges, more fun!

University and school requests for information

Melbourne Bike Share support students in their research where possible, however, please note that much of our operating information is commercial in confidence, therefore financial and ridership information cannot be released. If you feel your research may be of benefit to MBS, please ask your Professor or Course Coordinator to submit a request with background into the research project to and we will reveiw.

What we can share:

  • Number of bikes in the scheme
  • Accordion content Number of stations
  • Location of stations
  • General ranges of costs to set up a station.

Good luck with your studies.


Melbourne Bike Share is operated in Australia by the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Limited.
The RACV Privacy Charter is available online in pdf format.