Bikes on Buses

Pace fleet equipped with easy-to-use bike racks


Pace is working to make public transportation a convenient option for both work commutes and recreational trips. Pace completed the bicycle project by having a rack on every fixed-route bus in the suburbs by April 2002. Since then, bike-rack usage has been growing consistently. Bikes on buses is a healthy-green alternative to the automobile. Bikes ride free!


How to safely mount your bike upon the front rack of a bus

  1. Grasp the top bar with one hand and hold your bike with the other.
    Pull bar down until fully deployed.

    Extend the bike rack

  2. Lift your bike and place it in the spot closest to the bus.
    Place your front tire in the slot marked 'front tire'.
    The bike is in the correct position when the front tire faces the support arm.

    Place bike into tire slot

  3. Raise the support arm by pulling the tension bar out, then up and over the bike's front tire.
    Contact should be made with the bike tire, not the fender.

    Pull support arm over front tire

  4. Reverse steps when taking bike off of rack.
    Please place rack back to normal position.


How to ride with a folding/collapsible bike

These bicycles fold to dimensions about the size of a suitcase, and usually weigh less than 30 lbs.
Passengers may bring their folding bikes on-board the buses subject to the following:

  1. The bike must not be motorized (no gasoline engine, alternative fuel or battery)
  2. Riders must fold their bikes prior to boarding and remains fully folded while on board.
  3. The bike should be stored between the seats or behind a barrier and under control of the passenger to ensure the safety of all passengers.


Tips for using bikes and buses for your commute

  1. Each bus can carry only two bikes; racks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  2. You must be able to lift your bike by yourself; the driver cannot help you with your bike.
  3. Load/unload from the side of the bus nearest the curb.
  4. When exiting, remind the driver that you need to unload your bike.

Remind driver you will remove bike when you exit


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