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UPDATED Aug. 22: In recognition of National Wellness Month, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is sponsoring free Bluebikes Adventure Passeseach Monday in August via its third annual “Mindful Mondays” initiative, to reinforce the crucial role that mindfulness and mental health play in one’s overall health and wellbeing.

Blue Cross is also hosting a free spin class in Boston on Monday, Aug. 28, a news release said.

The free passes are available across the Bluebikes system’s 13 municipalities, including Arlington. Blue Cross is the sponsor of Bluebikes, which is owned by the municipalities and operated by Lyft.

Riders can take advantage of complimentary Adventure Passes each Monday in August by downloading and opening the Bluebikes App on a mobile device and entering the appropriate code. Each code will unlock one free Adventure Pass, which includes an unlimited number of two-hour rides during a 24-hour period. Details are below.

The remaining codes are as follows:

  • Aug. 21:  BLUECROSS0821
  • Aug. 28:  BLUECROSS0828

An Aug. 3 news release from Elevate, a public-relations firm working for Blue Cross, says that biking can help put people into a mindful state, reducing stress, improving mental and physical health, and even increasing overall happiness in life, according to Health News. Taking 30 minutes daily to concentrate solely on exercise can rejuvenate mood and lessen anxiety, that website says.

To honor its commitment to providing access to wellness-oriented experiences in support of whole health journeys, BCBSMA is also hosting a free 60-minute Bluebikes Spin Class on Aug. 28. The class will be first come first serve, open to the public, and will take place at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park in Boston. Rev’d instructor Alyssa Pannozzi will be leading the class.

“National Wellness Month serves as a valuable reminder of the crucial role that mental health plays in one’s overall wellbeing,” said Jeff Bellows, the organization’s vice president of corporate citizenship and public affairs, in the release. “For the third year in a row, we’re promoting healthy communities and the power of mindfulness with our ‘Mindful Mondays’ initiative, and we hope Metro Boston residents can get outside, practice mindfulness and enjoy the whole-body benefits of a Bluebikes ride.”

Blue Cross has been the title sponsor of Bluebikes since its launch in May 2018. Through the partnership with the municipal owners of Bluebikes, Blue Cross continues to support system growth and accessibility, including station expansions, upgrades and additional bikes.

This news announcement was published Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, based on information from a news release by Aidan MacAdam, who provides information about Bluebikes from the public-relations firm Elevate.It was updated most recently Aug. 22, 2023.