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Bike & Transit

Bikes are a great way to get to and from a transit stop.  And integrating bicycling with public transit can greatly expand your travel range and allow you to get to more and further places.

photo of Bike on Metro Bus Riding Metro with your bike

Bikes can be brought onto Metro buses and trains at all times, if space is available.  All Metro buses have at least two bike racks on the front and all Orange Line buses have three.  All Metro trains have designated open area to accommodate bicycles. If the bike racks on buses or the trains are full, please wait for the next one.

Rules for Bikes on Metro Buses:

1. Arrive at the stop a few minutes early and wait on the sidewalk.
2. Remove all loose items not attached to your bike (i.e. bags on handle bars, helmets, lights, etc.) and take them with you onto the bus.
3. Locking your bike to the bus rack is not allowed. For extra security, you can lock your wheel to the frame before the bus arrives.
4. You are responsible for loading and unloading your bicycle. Wait until bus is fully stopped before loading your bike. Always approach the bus from the sidewalk.
5. Sit or stand near the front of the bus to watch your bicycle during your trip.
6. Just before your stop, tell the bus operator that you will be getting your bike from the rack and exit through the front door.
7. Never try to retrieve something that rolls under the bus.

Notes: Motorized bicycles or any bicycle over 55 pounds cannot be accommodated on Metro bus bike racks. Folding bikes with 20 inch or smaller wheels can be taken on board. Make sure your bike is folded and stored under a rear seat so as not to block aisles and doorways. Motorized folding bikes are not allowed.

Bike rider on Metro Rail Rules for Bikes on Metro Rail:

1. Follow ADA-accessible routes to find elevators and wider, wheelchair-accessible gates, to safely bring your bike in and out of stations.
2. Always walk your bike through stations and on train platforms.
3. Enter at doors marked with the yellow sign on the right
4. Avoid parking your bicycle behind operator's cabin lead car.
5. Always keep doors and aisles clear, and be courteous to other passengers.
6. Give priority to wheelchair passengers in designated areas.
7. Always stand with your bike in the designated open area while on board the train.
8. Use elevators or stairs to enter and exit the station. Bikes are not allowed on escalators.
9. Folding bikes are encouraged and allowed on board. Make sure it is properly folded.

Notes: Electric bicycles are allowed if they are the size of a regular bike and are subject to safety inspection by security personnel. Fuel powered, 3-wheeled, tandem, recumbent and over 6-foot long bicycles, as well as all mopeds and trailers, are not allowed. Failure to obey these rules may result in a citation; ref. PC 640 (b) (9) (A).

If your bike is accidentally left on the bus or train, please visit our Lost & Found online system to report your lost bike. You can also visit the Metro Lost & Found . They are located at 3571 Pasadena Ave and open between Monday - Saturday from 9am - 5pm.

Riding other transits with your bike

In Los Angeles County, many other transit agencies also provide a bus rack or space to put your bicycle when taking the bus. Metrolink and Amtrak generally allow bicycles to be brought on trains, but you should check the rules and requirements for each agency before your trip.

The advice below applies generally to bringing bikes on buses:

1. Make sure that the rack has an empty space; if there isn’t one, you’ll need to wait for the next bus
2. Make sure that the bicycle is in the correct position on the rack and that it is properly secured
3. Lock your bike wheel to the frame to deter theft; you are not allowed to lock your bike to the bus bike rack
4. Before your stop, tell the driver that you are getting bicycle off the rack
5. Coordinate with other riders that are using the bike rack, making note of who is getting off at which stop to facilitate loading and unloading
6. If you forget your bike, contact the transit agency’s lost and found
7. Remember that the bus driver isn’t responsible for your bike, so make sure you stand or sit in a place where you can keep tabs on your bike

The advice below applies generally to bringing bikes on trains:

1. Take your bike to the designated bicycle car or bike area within the train car
2. If the train car is full, you’ll need to wait for the next one
3. Remember to be courteous to other riders and do not block the door and aisles
4. Coordinate with other bicycle riders to determine who is getting of where and to position your bikes accordingly
5. Do not leave your bike unattended; it could be stolen or fall on someone if not properly secured

Biking around Transit

Buses and trains can seem tricky to bike around, but if you act safe and predicable, it can be safe and stress-free for all involved. Follow these guidelines when you encounter buses, vans or other large vehicles:

drawing of bus blind spots Avoid Riding in Blind Spots!

When riding near large vehicles like buses, use extra caution as they have larger blind spots than private vehicles.

drawing of how to pass a bus Avoid Passing on the Right!
Buses frequently pull to the right side of the road to serve bus stops. They make wide right turns and have blind spots that may not allow drivers to see bicyclists on the right. Passengers boarding and departing the bus may also pose a hazard for bicyclists. For these reasons bicyclists should always avoid passing large vehicles on the right. Instead, stop and wait for buses to finish boarding passengers or scan, signal, and change positions to safely pass the large vehicle on the left.

Avoid leapfrogging!

Leapfrogging is when buses and bicyclists are consistently passing each other (bicyclists passes the bus when it’s stopped, then the bus drives past the bicyclist when it’s moving). This can be very stressful for both the bicyclist and the bus driver. To avoid this, briefly exit the roadway to allow a bus to safely pass and avoid passing stopped buses at red lights.

Make Visual Contact and Communicate Intent with Signals!

Make visual contact with drivers of buses to be sure they’re aware of your presence. The best way to make visual contact is to remain in full view of the driver’s left side mirror. Make sure that you can see the driver’s eyes. If you can’t see them, they can’t see you! Make sure you communicate lane changes, turns, and planned stops with hand signals.

Be Cautious around Train Tracks!

Bicycle tires can run the risk of getting caught in the divot in rail tracks. These divots could catch a bike tire causing a sudden stop and crash. To avoid an accident, be sure to ride as perpendicular as you can (preferably at a 90 degree angle). Be careful of slippery rails when wet, and always walk your bike on station platforms. Never cross tracks if a railroad crossing arm is down!

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