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Bike By Bus & Train

It's easy to take your bike along when you ride MetroBus, MetroRapid and MetroRail. In fact, we wish you would!

More people are enjoying the freedom that comes with combining cycling and transit. Bringing a bike along puts more destinations within reach and gives transit riders with "last mile" challenges an additional option. Helping people take their bikes when they use transit is part of Capital Metro's long-term commitment to a more sustainable and healthy Austin.

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Bikes on the Bus

A bus drives by Mellow Johnny's DowntownAll full-size Capital Metro buses feature sturdy exterior racks attached to the front. Each rack can hold two bicycles with wheels 16" or larger. Electric bikes under 55 pounds also fit on the racks. Spaces are on a first come, first served basis, and there's no charge to use them. Folding bikes are allowed any time.

Please see our instructions on how to use the bicycle racks. Details can also be found on the racks themselves.

Parking Your Bike

Free bike parking is available at most Capital Metro bus stops, at MetroRail stations and all Park & Rides. Use of the parking spaces is on a first come, first served basis.

Safety Tips

  • Always approach the bus from the curb. Never ride around to the front of a bus from the street side.
  • Please don't wait in the street with your bike as the bus approaches.
  • Before stepping in front of the bus to load your bike, make eye contact with the bus operator.
  • Always load and unload your bicycle directly in front of the bus, or from the curb.
  • After unloading your bike, never cross in front of the bus! Wait until it has left the stop.

Other Things to Know:

  • Gasoline-powered bicycles and scooters are not permitted on buses.
  • Up to two bicycles can be stowed in the rear-most luggage compartment of Capital Metro's 45-foot coach-style Express buses. Ask the bus operator to open the compartment for you.
  • Call Lost & Found at (512) 389-7454 If you accidentally leave your bike on the bus.
  • Bicycles left on the bus or at Capital Metro facilities for ten days or longer are considered abandoned.
  • Capital Metro is not responsible for personal injury, property damage or property loss arising from use of the bike racks. Please use at your own risk.
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Bikes on the Train

A cheerful cyclist exits the MetroRail with his bikeBicycles are allowed on all MetroRail trains, and bringing one along is easy! If trains are full, bikes may be limited to eight total per train, or four per compartment.

When you arrive at the station, please use the designated crossing area to get to the station platform. We ask that you don't ride your bike in any of the station areas, including the corridors and platforms, for safety reasons. When you hear your train announced, simply move to the area behind the white boarding line and wait to board. Please keep your bicycle close to you so it doesn't interfere with other waiting passengers, and as a courtesy, wait until all passengers have cleared the doorway before getting on. Bike racks are located in each car near the entrances.

Please see our instructions for loading your bike on the train.

Other Things to Know

  • Only standard-sized bicycles are permitted on board, which includes standard electric and folding bicycles.
  • We do not allow tricycles, tandems, bicycles with training wheels, cargo bikes, recumbent, or gasoline-powered bicycles or scooters on board.
  • In the event of an emergency evacuation, bicycles should remain in place on the train.
  • Cyclists are responsible for their own bicycles and all actions, injuries, losses and/or damages resulting from their bicycles in station platform areas and on board trains.
 
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How We're Making Bikes + Buses Even Better:

Secure Bike Storage

Cyclists have told us that they need more secure bike parking. So we are introducing new electronic card-accessed enclosed shelters - called MetroBike Shelters - at a number of rail stations and Park-and-Rides soon. The first MetroBike Shelter opened at Kramer Station in August 2012. To buy a MetroBike card, click here!

More Connecting Trails

We've partnered with the City of Austin to develop trails downtown and in the East Austin area to better connect cyclists and pedestrians to our facilities. A new trail segment along Airport Boulevard, between Lamar Boulevard and Highland Station will open Summer 2013. We will continue working toward improving other connections throughout our system.

Bikeshare Program

The City of Austin is currently developing plans for a bikeshare program, which will give riders yet another option for completing their trip using transit. Stay turned for more details!

To learn more about biking in the Capital Metro area, check out these resources:

The Austin Bicycle Resources site has links to bike route connections on Google maps, cycling rules and regulations, guides, safety tips, repair tips, bike organizations, recreation guides and anything else you might want to know about cycling in the city of Austin. The CAMPO Bike Program offers great information, including printable maps, about cycling in the Capital Metro service area outside Austin.

Please visit our MetroRail Safety page or Operation Lifesaver for tips on biking safety.