How to Bike & Bus
Bicycles aren’t just for fun anymore.
A growing number of people are choosing to commute to work and school by bicycle, making bicycle use both recreational and functional. SunLine is pleased to offer our riders greater flexibility and more options to get to their destination by combining two popular modes of transportation, the bicycle and the bus.
Now, it is more convenient to get around town by simply loading your bicycle on easy to use bike rack mounted securely to the front of every SunBus. If you choose to combine bicycling and riding the bus as part of your commute, here are some bike & bus basics to follow.
Bike & Bus Basics
Every SunBus is equipped with a bike rack. Bicycles may be loaded or unloaded at any SunLine bus stop. While waiting to load your bicycle:
- Never step into traffic while loading or unloading a bike.
- Always walk your bicycles in transit areas and pedestrian corridors.
- Always load and unload your bicycle, standing on the curb side in front of the bus.
- Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult when loading or unloading their bicycle from the bike rack.
- Bicycles are not allowed inside the bus unless they are collapsible to the size of a standard piece of luggage.
- Single seat, two-wheeled bicycles, measuring not more than 69.5 inches long, with the handlebar measuring 29 inches, and with a wheel diameter not exceeding 28 inches will be permitted on the bike rack.
- No permits are required to use the bike rack.
- There is no additional fare to use the bike rack.
- SunLine is not responsible for bikes left on or damaged while on the bike rack.
Bicycles left on the bus will be held for ninety (90) days!
How to load and unload your Bicycle
Remember, you are responsible for loading, securing and unloading your bicycle from the bike rack. Here is how to Bike & Bus:
When loading your bike:
- As the bus pulls up, raise your hand to let the driver know that you will be using the bike rack. Stand back clear away from the curb to allow for safe bus boarding.
- Make sure the driver sees you before you step in front of the bus.
- Squeeze the handle on the top of the rack and lower the rack.
- Lift your bike and place its wheels in the trough, with the front wheel toward the spring bar.
- Raise the spring bar over the front tire and place it on the top of the tire, close to the tire, and make sure the spring bar is secure.
- If there is a bike in the front space, load your bike in the rear space, with your handlebars in the opposite direction.
- Remove any valuables from your bike.
- Board the bus and pay your fare.
When unloading your bike:
- Exit the bus through the front door and notify the driver that you are removing your bicycle.
- Lower the spring bar from the tire and lift your bicycle off the bike rack.
- After you remove your bicycle and if there are no other bicycles on the bike rack, lift the rack up until the latch “clicks” into place and is secure.
- Move your bicycle onto the curb and wait until the bus passes.