Bikes on Buses

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.

    Project Contact

    Nathan Wheadon
    Marketing Program Administrator
    (714) 560-5936
    nwheadon@octa.net