Bikes on Buses

Last Modified: July 09, 2012
Bike On Bus

Getting around Raleigh is easier than ever thanks to Capital Area Transit's Bikes on Buses program.

Use your bicycle for part of your trip and the bus for the rest. With a bike rack on every CAT bus, you can make bike riding part of your daily commute.

Each rack is located in the front of the bus and accommodates up to two bicycles. Customers can load at any bus stop. There is no charge for your bicycle. The process is quick and easy, usually taking less than 20 seconds!

Loading Your Bike

  1. Prepare your bike for loading. Remove water bottles, pumps and other loose items that could fall off while the bus is in motion. Be off your bike when waiting at a bus stop so that the driver will recognize you as a passenger.
  2. Inform the bus driver that you will be loading your bike. You must load from the curb or in front of the bus. Do not step into oncoming traffic to load your bike.
  3. Squeeze the handle up to release latch, then fold down the bike rack. You only need to use one hand to unlatch and pull the bike rack down, so you can hold your bike with your other hand. It is not necessary to lean your bike against the bus.
  4. Lift your bike onto the bike rack, fitting wheels into labeled wheel slots. Each wheel slot is clearly labeled for the front wheel (NOTE: The rack operates properly even if a bicycle is loaded in the wrong direction). The purpose of the directional placement is to make the bike nearest the bus easier to unload.
  5. Raise the Support Arm up and over the front tire so that the hook rests at the highest point on the front wheel. The Support Arm adds lateral support for the loaded bicycle. Many bikes will sit in the wheel well without the use of the Support Arm, but the rack must not be used without the use of the Support Arm.
  6. Board the bus and enjoy the ride! Choose a seat near the front of the bus to keep an eye on your bike. DO NOT FORGET you have a bike when you get off at your stop. New riders often do!

Unloading Your Bike

  1. Inform the driver that you will be unloading your bike as you approach your stop. Use the front door to exit the bus. Unload your bike from in front of the bus or from the curb, not from the street side.
  2. Raise the Support Arm off the tire. The Support Arm automatically folds down to a secure position.
  3. Lift your bike out of the bike rack.
  4. If there is not another bike on the rack, please return the rack to the upright position by squeezing the handle.
  5. Step away from the bus with your bike. Always step to the curb, for your own safety and wait for the bus to leave before entering traffic or crossing the street.

Bike Rack Rules

  • Be prepared before the bus arrives.
  • For safety reasons the operator will not leave the bus to assist with the loading or unloading of racks. You are responsible!
  • Customers with bikes will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis, with a limit of one bike per person.
  • Load your bike as quickly as possible to help ensure your fellow passengers reach their destination on time.
  • Bicycle locks may not be used on the bikes on the rack. It is the customer's responsibility to observe his/her own bicycle during the trip. Operators will not monitor them.
  • The bike rack accommodates all bicycle types with wheels larger than 16" in diameter, excluding tandems and recumbents. No motorized bikes permitted.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Customers use the CAT bicycle racks at their own risk. CAT or The City of Raleigh assumes no responsibility for bikes that are lost, stolen, damaged or left on racks.

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