Bikes On The Bus

Bikes On The Bus

We provide a bike rack that fits up to three bikes on the front of every fixed route bus. Spaces on the rack are first come, first served. A passenger must be able to lift, secure, and then remove their own bike without assistance from driver.

Kinds of bikes allowed:

  • 2-wheeled bikes with tire diameters from 16 to 29”
  • Max. tire width 3.2”
  • Max. weight 75 lbs.
  • Max. wheelbase 48”
  • Electric bikes (e-bikes) with a sealed battery compartment

Bikes NOT allowed: Extra-long bikes (e.g. tandems, cargo bikes, recumbents), trikes, trailers, “fat tire” bikes, bikes with internal-combustion engines, and bikes otherwise not meeting the above standard of allowed bikes are NOT allowed.

Folding bikes may be brought aboard buses when all designated bike rack spaces are full; these must remain folded in transit.

Loading your bike on the bus:

Before mounting your bike on the bus, please remove all child seats, panniers or other accessories that may vibrate loose or block a driver’s vision.

Bike on bus - Step 1

Step 1: 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.

Bike on bus - Step 2

Step 2: Squeeze the handle on the top of the rack and lower it. Now your bike is ready to load with two more easy steps.

Bike on bus - Step 3

Step 3: Place your bike in the rack into one of the bike wheel wells where it says to “Place the front wheel here”.

Bike on bus - Step 4

Step 4: Pull the support arm up, out, and over the front tire as high on the tire as it will go. This secures your bike in place.

Step 5: As you get off the bus, let the driver know that you will be unloading your bicycle. Raise the support arm off the tire and lift your bike out of the rack. If the rack is empty, please return it to the upright position.

Unclaimed bikes are held for 30 days and are then donated to local nonprofit groups.

RVTD recommends that you keep a record of your serial number, and label your bike with ID and contact information.

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