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Bike Rack Tips
To help you make your bike ride to the bus a little easier and safer, here are some
good tips to remember.
The bike racks on VIA buses hold two bicycles at a time. Space on the bike racks
is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and bicycles are not allowed inside
the buses. If you have a bicycle and the rack is full, then wait for the next bus.
Be careful when you step off the curb to use the rack. Make sure the bus operator
sees you as you are loading and unloading your bicycle, and let the operator know
when you are done.
Remove items that may interfere with the bus equipment or as directed by the bus
operator. If you have large or bulky items on your bicycle, you may be asked to
remove them if they interfere with the safe operations of the bus. If so, carry
the items on the bus with you.
Load closest to the bus first. If there are no other bicycles on the rack, place
yours in the slot nearest the bus with the handlebars toward the curb. The next
bicycle should then be loaded with the handlebars facing away from the curb. Remember,
the hook goes over the front tire, not the rear.
Load and unload bicycles as quickly as possible. The bus still has a schedule to
keep, and other passengers are relying the transportation VIA provides. As a courtesy
to your fellow riders, try not to hold up the bus when putting your bicycle on the
rack or taking it off.
When exiting, use the front doors and let the operator know you will be getting
your bicycle. Again, make sure the bus operator sees you and knows you are taking
your bicycle off the rack.
Close an empty rack. If your bicycle is the only one on the rack when you unload,
close the rack by lifting it up until it locks.
Bus operators are not allowed to assist with the loading or unloading of bicycles.
VIA provides the space, but it is up to you to put your bicycle on the rack and
take it off again, and it is up to you to keep track of it.
VIA is not responsible for injury or damage arising from the use of the bike racks.
Just like any other bike rack in the city, the equipment on VIA’s buses are there
for you to use, but use them at your own risk.