Bringing your Bike
Bringing your bike with you puts more destinations within your reach and helps overcome final-destination challenges. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized our efforts and rated CapMetro as a Gold-Level Bike Friendly Business.
Our bike-on-bus rules are very simple. If you own a foldable bike, you can bring it with you on the bus. All other bikes go on exterior racks attached to the front of our Local and MetroRapid buses. Each rack can hold up to 3 bikes with 20" wheels or electric bikes under 55 pounds. Spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive at your destination, let the operator know you will be removing a bike from the rack. MetroExpress buses don't have bike racks, but we do have storage space for 2 bikes in the rear storage compartment. Please ask the bus operator to open the compartment for you.
Here are some more helpful tips for loading and unloading your bike on our buses:
Parking your bike
Maybe you only want to take your bike from home to the station? No problem. We offer free bike racks at most bus stops, stations and Park & Rides on a first-come, first-served basis. We also have secure, weather-proof bike storage at 7 stations.
Safety tips Can humans, bikes and buses co-exist peacefully in an urban environment? Yes, if everyone follows these simple safety rules:
- Approach the bus from the curbside.
- Don't wait in the street with your bike.
- Load and unload your bike directly in front of the bus or from the curb.
- Make sure to let the operator know you need to unload your bike.
- Use bike racks at your own risk. We aren't responsible for personal injury, property damage or loss resulting from the use of our racks.
- Visit the League of American Bicyclists for smart cycling tips.
The more you know ...
- No gas-powered bikes or mopeds are allowed on bike racks.
- Carrying your electric bike battery on board is A-OK.
- If you leave your bike on the bus, call Lost & Found at 512-389-7454.
- Bikes left on a bus or at our facilities for 10 days are considered abandoned and will be donated to local nonprofits.
Our goal is to minimize hassle and maximize service. That's why we make room for you and your bike aboard our trains.
How it works
Our stations have a designated crossing area that leads to the station platform. For safety reasons, please walk your bike onto the platform. When you hear your train announced, move to the area behind the white boarding line. As a courtesy, wait until all riders have cleared the doorway before getting on. Store your bike in one of our racks near the entrances or remain standing while holding your bike. On a full train, bikes may be limited to a total of 8 per compartment.
Stuff to know
- Only standard-sized bikes (including electric and folding) are permitted on board.
- No tricycles, tandems, bikes with training wheels, cargo bikes, recumbent or gas-powered bicycles or mopeds are allowed.
- Your life is more important than your bike. So, in the event of an emergency evacuation, leave your bike in the rack.
- You're responsible for your own bike and all actions, injuries, losses and/or damages resulting from having it on station platform areas and on trains. For safety tips when biking near rail tracks, visit Operation Lifesaver.
Here's what we've done to address concerns raised by our riders:
- Secure bike parking You said you wanted more secure bike parking. We answered with 7 electronic card-accessed and enclosed MetroBike Shelters. You can find them at popular MetroRail stations and major transit centers. To start using one, get a MetroBike Card.
- More connected trails We're continually partnering with the city to develop trails to better connect cyclists and pedestrians to our facilities.
- Bikeshare program CapMetro provides bikes and e-bikes in central Austin through the BCycle app so riders can complete their trip with the help of transit.
To learn more about biking in Austin, check out these resources:
- Austin Bicycle Resources has links to almost everything about cycling you'd ever want to know for our city.
Please Note *CapMetro is not responsible for any damage to bicycles that occurs when using bike racks on our vehicles.