RT is making transit bicycle
friendly by providing more opportunities for bicyclists to combine
biking with riding RT – bike racks on buses, bikes on trains and
bike lockers at 24 light rail stations.
Bike-and-Ride on Bus
100 percent of RT’s buses have
racks that hold either two or three bicycles, so you'll be able to
bike and ride nearly anywhere, anytime on RT buses! Bike racks are
available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bikes are not allowed
inside RT buses unless it is the last bus on the route that day, and
the bike carrier is full.
In three simple steps that take
less than 25 seconds, you can load your bike onto the rack. Just
follow the steps below. Bikes may not be locked to the rack and RT
is not responsible for bikes that are stolen, left on racks, or
Loading Your Bike
1. Prepare your bike for loading
before the bus arrives. Remove water bottles, bags, pumps and other
loose items that could fall off while the bus is in motion.
2. Alert the bus operator that
you will be loading your bike. Make sure that the operator
acknowledges your desire to load. You must load your bike from the
curb side or in front of the bus. Never step into oncoming traffic
to load your bike.
3. To lower the rack, pull the
handle with one hand and lower the carrier until you feel it lock.
Use your other hand to steady your bike.
4. Lift your bike onto the tray,
fitting the wheels into the slots. Each rack is clearly labeled
“FRONT WHEEL” for proper placement. Please load your bike into the
outside slot first, if vacant.
5. Swing the wheel lock around
(from under the bike rack) and place on top of the front bike wheel.
6. Board the RT and enjoy the
ride. Try to choose a seat near the front of the bus to keep an eye
on your bike and remember to unload it.
Unloading Your Bike
1. Inform the bus operator that
you will be unloading a bike as you approach your bus stop. Use the
front door to exit the bus. Make sure that the operator acknowledges
your desire to unload your bike.
2. Swing the wheel lock around
to under the front wheel. When the bus is in the kneeled position,
the wheel lock can be moved in both directions.
3. Unload your bike from in
front of the bus or from the curb side, not from the street side.
4. Lift your bike out of the
5. If there isn't another bike
in the rack, return the bike rack to the folded position until it
locks in the stowed position.
If the driver pulls away before
you've unloaded your bike or you forget it, call RT at 916-321-2800.
Bike-and-Ride on Light Rail
Bringing your bike on RT has never been so easy. Buy your fare
and board. In the older Siemens’ light rail trains, simply place your bike in
the rear or front of the car next to the flip-up seats. The newer CAF light rail
trains are equipped with four bike racks. Simply place your bike in the rack
located in the front and rear of each car next to the flip-up seats. All RT asks
is that you enter through the rear or front doors after all other passengers
have entered or exited the light rail car. Bicyclists can board light rail
everyday at all hours of operation.
RT allows four bikes per car,
two in the front and two in the back, on multi-car trains. However,
in the first car no bikes are permitted at the front of the car,
which is reserved for individuals with disabilities.
On the last train on the route
each day, there is no limit on the number of bikes that can board.
Note that passengers have
priority over bicycles, and RT reserves the right to ask bicyclists
to exit if the bus or train becomes full.
Another RT bike-and-ride option, why not try a bike
locker? Over 80 weatherproof bike lockers are located at 24 light
rail stations to make your commute even easier. You can lease a
locker for six or 13 months at the following light rail stations:
7th & Richards/Township 9
six-month leases are $105 ($45 for six months plus $60
deposit) and long-term 13-month leases are $150 ($90 for 13
months plus $60 deposit).
For more information on RT’s
bike locker program or to request a lease agreement, call
916-556-0354 Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information on how to lease
a bike locker at Iron Point, Glenn or Historic Folsom, call the City
of Folsom at 916-355-7285.
In addition, many
light rail stations have ribbon-style bike racks available for no
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