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Bikes on Transit

Woman carrying a bike in a SkyTrain station

You can take your bike on almost all transit services, including bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express, with some restrictions. More information on our bike parkades and other short-term storage options, is on our Bike Parking page.

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    Bike to Transit

    Getting from point A to B is easier with a bike in the mix. Cycling can be the fastest way of getting to and from key transit hubs. It's also healthy, good for the environment, and fun! Learn how to integrate cycling into your trips around Metro Vancouver.



    Bikes on Transit

    Our fleet is completely bike accessible. Bikes are accepted at all times across our services (except under certain conditions on the SkyTrain).

    • Electric bikes are permitted on SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express services.

    • Folding bikes are allowed on SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express services.

    • Riders are responsible for their bike at all times, including loading and unloading bikes from racks. TransLink is not responsible for any damage to you or your bike caused by loading or unloading bikes.

    • We do not allow electric or gas-powered scooters or bike trailers on board any service.

    • All bikes must be clean and have no sharp protrusions that might cause damage or injury.

    Service-specific rules about bringing your bike apply — please review the rules for the service you are using.

    All TransLink buses have bike racks, attached to the front of the bus.

    Buses can accommodate up to two bikes at a time. On busier routes, you may have to wait for the next bus if the bike rack is already full.   

    • 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 are not permitted.

    • Bikes must weigh less than 25 kg (55 lbs) to use the rack.

    • Children's bikes are not allowed on board buses.

    Electric bicycles are permitted on bike racks under the following conditions:

    • Weigh less than 25 kg (55 lbs).

    • Wheels fit properly in the bike rack.

    • The bike includes a lithium battery.

    • Customers must remove the battery and bring it onboard the bus.

    • Scooter-style electric bikes are not permitted on bike racks. They weigh too much and don't fit properly on the rack.

    • Before the bus arrives, remove loose items such as water bottles, pumps, and panniers.

    • Tell the driver you want to load your bike when your bus arrives.

    • Lift your bike onto the rack. If no other bike is on the rack, place your bike in the slot closest to the bus. Lower the bike rack by pulling on the handle.

    • Lift the support arm up and over the front tire. 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, 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.

    • Use slip-covers when bringing your folding bike on board.

    • Practice loading your bike at one of our Rack and Ride demo stations, located at:

      • Main Street–Science World Station

      • Production Way–University Station

      • Moody Centre Station

      • City of North Vancouver's City Hall Plaza

    Bike capacity on SkyTrain services are different depending on the line.

    Canada Line: one bike per car
    Expo and Millennium Lines: two bikes per car

    Rush hour can also limit capacity. You may be unable to enter the SkyTrain with your bike during busy times.

    TransLink customers can now take their bikes on SkyTrain at all times and in all directions on both the Expo and Millennium lines. This change will make it easier for customers to cycle and take transit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This rule change is temporary and will run through until March 31, 2021. Previously, bicycles had been banned on the Expo and Millennium Lines during weekday rush hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bikes have always been allowed on Canada Line at all times.

    Other Restrictions for Bringing Bikes on SkyTrains

    • Bikes with trailers of any kind are not permitted.

    • Two-wheeled electric and gas-powered scooters are not permitted.

    • Bikes must be less than 185 cm (73 in) long.

    • Bikes are not allowed on escalators — use the elevators or stairwells instead.

    • Riding your bicycle anywhere inside stations or trains is not permitted.

    • Bikes must be clean and have no sharp protrusions that might cause damage or injury.

    • SkyTrain staff may stop customers at their discretion from entering trains with their bikes during heavy crowding conditions — in these situations, please wait until crowds subside.

    • Avoid bumping into other passengers. Allow other passengers to board and exit the SkyTrain first.

    • Give priority to wheelchairs, scooters, baby strollers, and passengers with service animals, such as guide dogs.

    • Hold on to your bike at all times.

    • Remain near the doorway and keep the aisles free.

    • Use slip-covers for folding bikes.

    Bikes are allowed on the SeaBus at all times, with a maximum capacity of six bikes per sailing during rush hours (7 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday).

    • Bikes with trailers are not permitted.

    • Bikes must be clean and have no sharp edges that might cause damage or injury.

    • Riding your bicycle anywhere inside stations or on the SeaBus is not permitted.

    • Bikes must be less than 185 cm (73 in) long.

    • Trailers or other obtrusive attachments are not allowed.

    • Bicycles are not allowed on escalators.

    • Two-wheeled electric and gas-powered scooters are not permitted.

    • Avoid bumping into other passengers. Allow other passengers to enter and exit the SeaBus first.

    • Give priority to wheelchairs, scooters, strollers, and passengers with service animals, such as guide dogs.

    • Remain near the doorway and keep the aisles free.

    • Use slip-covers for folding bikes.

    Bikes are allowed on West Coast Express (WCE) services at all times, with a maximum of two bikes per car.

    • Bikes with trailers are not permitted.

    • Two-wheeled electric and gas-powered scooters are not permitted.

    • You must not ride your bicycle anywhere on the trains, platforms, stations, or at bus loops.

    • Bikes must be clean and have no sharp edges that might cause damage or injury.

    • WCE staff may require cyclists to relocate or enter an alternate train. They may limit the number of bikes travelling together.

    • Avoid bumping into other passengers. Allow other passengers to enter and exit the train first.

    • Give priority to wheelchairs, scooters, strollers , and passengers with service animals, such as guide dogs.

    • Hold on to your bike at all times.

    • Use slip-covers for folding bikes.


    Our Biking to Transit Partners

    Cycling is great for you and the environment. We work with a number of local partners to encourage you to #BiketoTransit as part of your journey, including:

    Use promo code biketotransit to redeem 50% off a 24 hour Mobi Bike pass and get cycling!

    Biking to an event? Find out if BEST's Bicycle Valet is present and park your bike worry-free.


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