Taking Your Bicycle
Taking your bike along can make the beginning and/or end of your trip much faster or allow you to take the bus one way and ride your bike the other way. Most, but not all, busses have a bike rack that can hold 2-3 bicycles – you can check under the Agency Specific Information tab or call the information line for the transit agency you’ll be using. Bike racks are available on a first come first serve basis, so have an alternative plan in case the rack is full. The bus driver isn’t allowed to help with loading or unloading the bicycle. Below are a few tips on taking your bicycle on the bus.
- Make sure the bus stops completely and the driver acknowledges you before you step in front of the bus. Never approach a stopped bus from the street side, as you cannot safely determine when a driver is about to leave a stop.
- Squeeze the handle on the top of the rack and lower it. Place your bike in the rack and place the bar over your front wheel (as close to the frame as possible).
- Remove any loose items or valuables from your bike then board the bus.
- Exit through the front door and let the driver know that you have a bike to unload. Never step in front of the bus until you are sure the driver sees you.
- Remove your bike and fold up the rack if it is empty.
- Go to the nearest curbside. Never cross in front of the bus, as passing traffic can hit you.