BOSTON — In a story Jan. 27 about a bike share discount offered to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants in the Boston-area, The Associated Press erroneously reported on the benefit program’s involvement with bike sharing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says SNAP participants must prove they are eligible for the federal program to qualify for the bike discount, but they can’t use their benefits to pay for rides.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Food stamps recipients eligible for bike share discount
BOSTON — Food stamps recipients in the Boston-area will now be eligible for discounted rides on the region’s bike share program.
Boston and neighboring Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline recently announced residents on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, program can qualify for discounted memberships on Hubway, the metro-area’s public bike sharing system.
The “SNAP Card to Ride” program will provide $5 monthly memberships and $50 annual memberships to individuals over the age of 16. The membership includes unlimited 60-minute trips.
The program is part of efforts to improve bike share access among traditionally underserved populations. Hubway has more than 1,800 bikes at 194 stations across the four communities.
SNAP benefits provide monthly subsidies toward the purchase of groceries. They’re commonly known as food stamps.