Inside Tern

At Tern, we’re working to build a sustainable future based on a core belief that the bicycle—the ultimate high-efficiency vehicle—is central to that vision. Every action we take can be traced to this single, simple foundation.

Why ride a Tern bike?

A Tern bike has the solid ride you’d expect from a conventional bike but it goes where other bikes cannot. It folds compactly—in 10 seconds—to fit your daily life.

Stash it in your car
Take it on the subway
Store it away securely
Tuck it under a desk
Take it on vacation

Product philosophy

We build bikes with an eye to changing the world. Or at least the way that folks get around. Our bikes bring together all the things people need to drive less and ride more.

Our name

We named our company after a small, lightweight bird that mates for life and holds the world record for the longest migration.

Protecting our planet

A commitment to sustainability is central to who we are. We design our bikes to be serviceable rather than land-fillable. And we are constantly searching for ways to reduce our impact, like minimizing packaging, specifying recycled cardboard, and reducing use of harmful chemicals like chromium.

Award-winning products

One of our favorite mottos: Aim high, then aim higher. We design products with an eye towards function and long-lasting durability. But we don’t mind that they also get recognition from top international design & innovation awards.

Championing the bicycle

At home, we enable our own employees to bike to work with free bicycles, showers, and changing rooms. Further afield, we partner with municipal transit authorities to make it easier to carry bikes on public transportation. And we actively participate in cycling associations to support people who want to use bicycles as a healthier, greener form of transportation.


We chose to blaze new trails to bring you features that that make everyday biking more convenient and comfortable. Sometimes, that requires a little help from our friends.

Our team

Twenty-four hours a day, in some part of the world, we are designing, testing, and riding our product.