Extend Your Bike Trip by Bus
If you are traveling a long distance, you can ride your bicycle to a bus stop and take a bus to your destination. All OCTA buses are equipped with bicycle racks, located at the front of the vehicle that can carry two bicycles at a time. By combining travel modes, you can expand the number of destinations that can be reached by bicycle.
Loading Your Bike
Be prepared to load your bike when the bus approaches. Remove water bottles, pumps and other loose items.
Alert the coach operator that you are going to use the bike rack.
Load your bike from curbside in front of the bus.
If the bike rack is up, release it by pulling down with one hand.
Lift your bike onto the bike rack and fit the wheels into the proper slots.
Raise the support arm over the front tire. A spring will pull the arm back securely latching your bike.
Unloading Your Bike
Before the bus approaches your stop, tell the coach operator that you will be removing your bike.
From curbside in front of the bus, raise the support arm off the tire.
Lift your bike out of the rack.
Fold up the rack if no one will be using it. The rack will automatically lock in place.
Step away from the bus with your bike.
Points to Remember
Never walk or stand in front of oncoming traffic while loading or unloading your bike.
The coach operator may not leave the bus to help load or unload bicycles.
The bike racks are easy to use. You can load or unload your bike in less than 20 seconds.
The bike nearest the bus can be unloaded without removing the front bike.
The bike rack touches only the rubber tires and will not scratch or damage your bike.
What if the bike rack is full?
Bike racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each bus is equipped with a rack which can hold two bicycles of any size or type.
Folding bicycles are allowed on the buses. Simply have your bike folded and ready to be taken onboard before the bus arrives.
You may not bring bicycles onboard the bus unless it is the last bus of the day on a particular route and if the bike racks are full.
Please remember to ride safely. For safety tips, a bikeways map, and other resources, visit our Share the Ride section.