Bikes On Buses
("Bike Rack Rap" courtesy of Transit Authority River City)
How does it work?
1. Pull the black handle UP to release and lower the rack carefully with one hand while holding the bike with the other hand. (The durable rack weighs less than 30 pounds and is just as easy to lift as it is to lower.)
2. After lowering the rack, follow the instructions "Place front wheel here" and lift the bicycle into either of the rack's wheel wells. Even with one or two bikes already loaded, it's easy to load or unload a second or third bicycle. Pull the support arm up, out, and over the front wheel of your bike. This secures your bike in place.
3. To unload the bicycle, pull the support arm up, out, and off the tire of the front wheel. The support arm stows away easily allowing the rear bicycle to be easily removed without removing the front bicycle.
4. Before you get off the bus, be sure to TELL THE DRIVER YOU ARE UNLOADING YOUR BIKE!
5. To unload the bike, pull the support arm up and off the bike tire. If your bike is in back, you do not need to remove the bikes in front. Pull the bike rack back into the upright position if there are no other bikes on the rack.
WTA's Bikes on Buses Policy
Please note that WTA's policy regarding bikes inside buses has changed. Though more restrictive regarding the circumstances under which bikes can be brought inside, and regarding the maximum number of bikes that can be brought inside (two), the policy is designed to emphasize safety and minimize potential for conflicts over scarcity of seating.
What Kind of Bikes are Allowed on Bike Racks?
Conventional, single seat, two wheeled bikes are allowed. Tandem, recumbent, three wheeled, or motor-driven bikes are not allowed. Both wheels must fit into the bike rack wheel slots and the support arm/hook must fit over the top of the bike wheel.
What about Collapsible Bikes?
WTA recommends the use of collapsible bikes. Collapsible bikes are always allowed inside the bus provided they fit in the space underneath the seat or can be carried on the rider's lap.
What if the Bike Rack is Full?
Unfortunately, WTA cannot guarantee space to rack your bike at any time. Bike racks are first come, first served. For trips where a bike and bus are both needed, a collapsible bike is recommended.
Can Bikes be Transported Inside the Bus?
Bikes cannot be transported on small buses (29 feet or shorter). On large buses, if space allows and safety permits (as determined by the driver), a maximum of two bikes may be allowed on board.
When Bikes are Allowed Inside the Bus, the Following Rules Apply:
1.) Seating for passengers will always take priority over space for bikes.
2.) Bikes must be properly secured in the designated wheelchair securement station.
3.) The driver can assist with bike securement, and can determine whether or not the bike is secured properly.
4.) If a rider in a wheelchair is occupying the designated wheelchair securement station, the bike will not be allowed on board.
5.) If either the wheelchair securement station or seating in the securement area is needed by a rider mid-journey, the bike will need to be removed. If there is no room to move the bike onto the bike rack, the rider must get off the bus (with his / her bike).
6.) Bikes will not be allowed to protrude into the aisle way.
7.) Bikes already secured inside the bus may remain inside even if space becomes available on the exterior bike rack.
8.) Muddy or greasy bikes are not permitted inside the bus.
WTA assumes no liability for injuries to persons, or damage to bikes or personal property while using bike racks or securement stations.
When you get off the bus, notify the driver that you'll be removing your bike from the rack. Once your bike is removed, move to the curb side of the bus. Never ride out in front of the bus.
Bike Racks at Bellingham Station are located on Magnolia Street, across from Vienna Cleaners.