Bike Travel

Loading your bike

How to load your bike

How to load and unload your bike

Loading your bike onto a Metro bus

  1. As the bus approaches, have your bike ready to load from the curb side of the bus.
    Alert the driver before stepping in front of the bus with your bike. Make sure the driver acknowledges your desire to load.
  2. Remove any bicycle accessories, including panniers, that could fall off and prevent safe operation of the bus.
  3. Squeeze the rack handle upwards to release the folded bike rack.
  4. Photo showing bike rack outside slot Lift your bike onto the tray, fitting the wheels into the slots. Each rack is labeled for front wheel placement.

    Please load your bike into the outside slot first, if vacant.
  5. Bicycle support arm photoPush in the black knob at the end of the support arm. Pull the support arm all the way out and over the top of the front wheel. The support arm needs to be as close as possible to the bicycle's frame.
  6. If there is already a bike in the outside slot, there is a special way to load the middle slot.
    Stand at the centerline of the bus.

    First, start at the centerline of the bus. Do NOT stand in the traffic lane next to the bus.

    Turn bike at a 90-degree angle to rack (parallel with curb), with rear wheel closest to bus.

    Next, turn your bike at a 90-degree angle to rack (parallel with curb), with rear wheel closest to bus.

    Lift rear wheel into the middle slot of the rack.

    Then lift the rear wheel into the middle slot of the rack.

  7. Bicyclist loading 3rd bikeThe third bike can be loaded from the curb side.

How to unload

  1. Alert the driver as you disembark the bus that you are going to remove your bike from the rack. Make sure the driver acknowledges your desire to unload your bike.
  2. Raise the support arm off the tire. Move the support arm down and out of your way.
  3. Lift your bike out of the rack.
  4. Handle for folded position photoIf there isn't another bike in the rack, return the bike rack to the folded position. Reach underneath the rack to grab the handle. Squeeze and raise.

    If the driver pulls away before you've unloaded your bike or you forget it, see lost and found instructions or call the Metro Lost Bike program at 206-903-8075.

Types of bikes

Metro's easy-to-use bike racks are available first come, first served, and there is no additional fare for using them.

Allowed

  • Conventional, single seat, two-wheeled bikes. Both wheels must fit into bike rack wheel slots, and the support arm/hook must fit over the top of the bike wheel (fenders ok).
  • Folding bikes are welcome inside the bus, provided they’re folded and fit underneath the seat and can be kept out of the aisle.
  • Size and weight limits. The rack can hold the following bike sizes safely:
    • Wheel sizes 16-29 inches in diameter
    • Wheel base up to  46 inches
    • Tire widths up to 3 inches.
    • Weight limit of 55 pounds per rack position (including any bike accessories).  Many electric-assist bikes exceed this weight limit.

Not allowed

  • Metro does not permit conventional bikes inside buses for safety reasons.
  • Tandem, recumbent, three-wheeled, solid-wheeled, and gas-powered bikes cannot be accommodated.  Many electric-assist bikes exceed the 55 lb weight limit.
  • Bikes with baskets over the front wheel that block attachment of the support arm cannot be accommodated.
  • Attachments to bicycles are not acceptable if they have the potential to:
    • Prevent a second bike from being loaded or damage an adjacent bike.
    • Fly off, flap around, cause a visual distraction or otherwise cause a hazard.
    • Obstruct the headlights or turn signals.
    • Block the driver's vision. Generally, items attached to a bicycle should be no taller than the height of the handlebars.
    • Examples of prohibited items include most types of child seats and baskets fashioned from milk cartons.

Bike share bikes

Please check the bike share company’s app or website about putting a bike on transit.  Some bike designs will not work on a bus rack, and bike share companies may have additional instructions or cautions about using a bike on transit.

Where to load your bike

Transit Tunnel Map
  • Cyclists may load or unload a bicycle on any in-service bus at any bus stop during all hours of the day.

  • Cyclists may also load or unload at any Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel station during all hours the tunnel is open.

Loading your bike onto a Metro bus

Practice racks

Demonstration racks are available on the Eastside, in North Seattle, West Seattle, and South King County. To practice loading your bike, read this first.