Bikes, buses & safety
Sharing the road
Bikes and buses are both part of the solution for reducing traffic congestion and improving our environment. Please take a few minutes to watch the videos below for some basic tips on how bikes and buses can coexist effectively.
Tips for cyclists to stay safe around buses:
- Always let the driver know when you are loading or unloading your bicycle from the bicycle rack.
- Load and unload your bike from the curbside of the bus and maintain "eye contact" with the driver when you are in front of the bus placing or removing your bike from the rack. Bicyclists are responsible for securing and removing their bicycles from the racks.
- Sit near the front of the bus and watch your bike. Metro is not responsible for stolen bikes.
- In the Metro bus tunnel, please use the elevators or stairs to transport your bicycle to and from the platform level. Bicycles are not allowed on the escalators.
- Walk your bike while in the Metro bus tunnel or while on any passenger platforms.
- Never pass a bus on the right. It is never safe for a cyclist to pass a bus on the right side when a bus is in the right lane.
- Obey all traffic rules and regulations.
- Be predictable. Don't weave in and out of traffic, or jump from the street to the sidewalk and back again. Signal your intentions to turn and stop.
- Bicyclists are responsible for any personal injuries or loss as a result of their negligence on any Metro vehicles or while on Metro property.
Links to more safety information
- King County Department of Transportation bicycle safety tips
- Public Health bike safety and bicycle helmet information
- King County Sheriff bike safety