Bicycles on Buses

Connecting bicycle transportation with buses offers many opportunities for expanding user access to transit. Front-mounted bike racks are the most common way for transit agencies to carry bicycles on buses. It is best to equip every bus with a rack, rather than select buses based on route choices, so that any bus can be used for any route, and bicyclists are always assured there will be a bike rack.

Most transit agencies use racks that carry two bicycles. Bikes can be quickly loaded and unloaded from the bus without causing delays, and rack designs have been modified to ensure bus headlights remain visible and other operational problems do not arise. Potential objections from bus drivers are often overcome when union officials and drivers are trained to understand the issues and the workings of the bike rack systems.

A number of transit agencies have developed and installed their own racks, while many use commercially available racks that are constantly being improved and updated based on feedback from users and transit agencies.

Bicycles in Buses

Typically transit agencies do not allow bicycles to be brought inside their buses. During off-peak hours and based on available space, transit drivers may permit bicycles to be carried onto the bus. Check with your local transit agency for its policy on taking bikes in buses.

Examples of bicycles on buses

This video, from the Chicago Transit Authority, shows how to safely load your bike on and off of a bus.