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Bikes on Buses

Bike racks are available on all Metro Transit buses, METRO Blue Line & Green Line trains and Northstar Line commuter trains.

Pre-boarding tips

These tips apply to Metro Transit buses — policies may vary by transit provider.

  • Consider practicing loading your bicycle when a bus is between trips, during less-busy times, such as midday, evenings or weekends or on a practice rack. Find sites with practice racks.
  • Always approach the bus from the curb — never ride around to the front of a bus from the street side.
  • Wait with your bicycle on the curb for the bus to come to a complete stop — do not wait in the street. When it is dark outside, consider using a flasher light to hail an approaching bus. This can be especially helpful during the winter months when snow has accumulated on the curb.
  • Consider locking your bicycle’s rear tire and frame together before loading your bicycle on the rack. Bring any loose items with you and consider removing water bottles and bags from your bicycle.
  • You do not need to speak with the bus driver before loading your bicycle on the rack. But, do make eye contact to make sure you are seen as you move in front of the bus to load your bicycle.
  • Use a kickstand to stabilize your bicycle or position the bicycle between yourself and the bus and just reach over it to begin loading.
  • Note: By policy, bus drivers cannot leave their seat to assist you with loading.

Loading your bicycle on the rack

Step-by-step loading instructions are printed on the rack.

> View video instructions

If yours is the only bicycle:

Bus rack step 1

Bus rack step 2

Bus rack step 3

Always load the bicycle directly in front of the bus or from the curb — do not expose yourself or your bicycle to passing traffic. Hoisting the bicycle by the seat tube and stem provides good leverage and keeps the bike stable.

Bus rack step 4

Bus rack step 5

Do not place the arm on top of a fender or brake — it should be in contact with the tire directly.

If there is already a bicycle on the rack, hoist or roll your bicycle into the available slot and proceed as above.

If the rack is loaded with two bicycles, you may ask the driver if you may bring your bike aboard. The driver always has the discretion to determine whether or not your bicycle can be safely accommodated on that trip.

Unloading your bicycle from the rack

  • Notify the driver that you will be unloading your bike.

  • Exit the bus through the front door.

  • Unload your bike by simply reversing the loading procedure.

  • If yours is the only bicycle on the rack, squeeze the handle and return the rack to its upright position.

  • Return to the curb with your bike.

  • Never cross in front of a bus — wait until the bus has left the stop.

Riding the bus with your bicycle

  • Hop on and pay your fare. There is no additional charge for your bicycle.

  • If possible, sit near the front of the bus where you can check on your bike.

If the driver determines that you can bring your bicycle inside the bus:

  1. Allow other passengers to board first
  2. Quickly remove any sand, snow, water or debris from the wheels.
  3. Cautiously hoist or roll your bicycle onto the bus.
  4. Ask the driver where you should sit or stand with your bike — generally this will be the rear of the bus.