Bike and Bus

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Traveling by bike and bus is a great way to stay in shape, save money and improve our city's air quality.

Every IndyGo bus has a two-unit bike rack and use is free with your bus fare. However, please note bike racks are available on a first come, first served basis.

Loading Your Bike:

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Step 1: Tell the bus operator you're loading your bike. Load from the curbside only. Do not step beyond the driver's side of the bus into the traffic lane to load your bike.

Please make sure you remove all loose or personal items from your bike, such as water bottles and bicycle pumps, before the bus arrives.

1 Pull Down

Step 2: Pull down on the rack handle to release the folded bike rack.

For safety reasons, coach operators cannot get off the bus to assist you in the loading or unloading of your bicycle. Bicycles are not allowed inside the bus. 

2 Lift Your Bike

Step 3: Lift your bike onto the rack, fitting the wheels into the slots. Each slot is labeled for front and rear wheels. Your bike must fit securely in the rack in order to be transported.

Recumbent bikes, tandem bikes, three-wheeled bikes and motorized bikes are not allowed on bike racks, as they do not fit safely. 

3 Secure The Wheel

Step 4: Raise and release the support arm over the top of the front tire. Make sure the support arm is resting on the tire and not on the fender of the bike.

We also recommend trying to sit near the front of the bus so you're able to watch your bike during the ride.

Unloading Your Bike:

Bike Unload Step 1: When you approach your stop, tell the bus driver you need to unload your bike.

Step 2: Raise the support arm off of the tire. Move the support arm down and out of your way.

Step 3: Lift your bike out of the rack.

Step 4: If there isn't another bike in the rack, fold it back up.

Step 5: Return to the curb with your bike and wait for the bus to leave before entering traffic.

You can even watch this video to see just how easy it is to use our bike racks. 

Safety Tips for Loading/Unloading Bicycles:

  • When waiting for the bus, stand on the sidewalk away from the curb.
  • Make sure the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching it.
  • When exiting the bus, wait for it to pull away before traveling into traffic.
  • Always tell the operator that you will be loading/unloading your bicycle. This is very important as blind spots may prevent the operator from seeing you.

Rules for Using Bike Racks:

  • Because they only hold two bikes, IndyGo bike racks are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Remove all loose or personal items from your bike before the bus arrives.
  • Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult to load and unload bikes.
  • For safety reasons, operators cannot get off the bus to assist in the loading and unloading of bicycles.

Bicycle Disclaimer:

IndyGo is not responsible for loss or damages to or by bicycles on the transit system property. The bicycle rider is responsible for making sure the bike is properly secured before boarding the bus.

Safety Tips on the Road:

  • Bicyclists should never pass a bus on the right. If a bus is moving towards the curb for a service stop, it can knock a bicyclist down. Plus, passing on the right near a loading/unloading zone can endanger bus passengers.
  • When making a right turn, a bus needs to angle out at least 10 feet before beginning the actual turn to keep the back wheels from driving over the curb. To a cyclist, it may appear as if the bus is going through the intersection so look for a turn signal and never position yourself to the right of the bus at an intersection.
  • Bicyclists should leave at least 3 feet between their bike and the bus.
  • Bicyclists should ride predictably, meaning no swerving or sudden maneuvers as these actions will not give the bus driver time to react.

For additional safety tips, check out our Bike and Bus Safety press release or the Bike and Bus Safety video produced by the CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation.

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