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Bikes on Buses

Person putting a bike in a bike rack on the front of a TransLink bus in Metro Vancouver, BC

Remember to tell the bus driver that you want to load or unload your bike.

You don't have to leave your bike at home — the entire TransLink bus fleet is equipped with bike racks. Folding bikes are also allowed on board when folded. Combining cycling and taking the bus is a great way to get around while making sustainability a part of your lifestyle.

Cost

There is no additional cost to take your bike on a bus or Community Shuttle. It's free!

Capacity

Maximum of two bikes per bus.

Times Allowed

Bikes are allowed on buses and Community Shuttles during operational hours. Sometimes, on some of the busier routes, you may find that the racks are fully occupied. If this is the case, just wait until the next bus comes along. You can also use the Trip Planner tool, or call customer service at 604.953.3333, to explore other route options.

Restrictions

  • For operational safety reasons, Community Shuttles require bikes to be put inside the bus during non-daylight hours.
  • To fit in the rack, bikes must have a minimum of a 40 cm (16 in) diameter wheel.
  • Motor-assisted bikes of any kind, including electric bikes, are not permitted.
  • Bikes must weigh less than 22 kg (50 lbs) to use the rack.
  • Children's bikes are not allowed on board buses.

 

Loading and Unloading Your Bike

Here's how to load and unload your bike:

  • Before the bus arrives, remove loose items such as water bottles, pumps, and panniers.
  • Tell the driver you want to load your bike, and then lower the bike rack by pulling on the handle.
  • Lift your bike onto the rack. If no other bike is on the rack, place your bike in the slot closest to the bus.
  • Lift the support arm up and over the front tire. On newer racks you might have to push the black button at the end of the support arm in order to release the ratchet mechanism.
  • Sit at the front of the bus and keep an eye on your bike.
  • When leaving the bus, please tell the driver that you need to remove your bike. Exit from the front door.
  • Remove your bike and raise the rack to the upright position if it's empty.
  • Slip-covers are recommended for folding bikes.

 

 

Play it Safe

  • Always load and unload on the curb side of the street. Don't step into oncoming traffic.
  • Never use a personal lock and/or chain to secure your bike to the bus rack. For increased security, you may want to lock together your bike frame and one of the bike's wheels. (Please put the lock on before the bus arrives).
  • When you remove your bike, remember to put the rack back into the upright position if it's empty. Bus drivers can't see an empty rack.
  • You're responsible for properly loading and unloading your bike. Neither TransLink nor its operating subsidiaries are liable for any property damage or bodily harm caused by the loading and unloading of bikes.

Nervous about using the bike rack for the first time in traffic?

Practice with your bike at one of our Rack and Ride demo-stations! The demo-stations are available at two locations: Main Street-Science World Station in Vancouver, and City of North Vancouver’s City Hall Plaza.

Bike Parking

Photo of inside of bike parkade

Keep your bike safe while riding transit. Register to use our indoor bike parking facilities.

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