All of RFTA’s valley buses have front-load racks. There are two different kinds of bike racks on RFTA buses, racks that hold two bikes and racks that hold four bikes. They differ by the way the bikes rest on the arms. Bikes on the two capacity racks are lifted and placed into wheel slots. Bikes on the four capacity racks are hung from support arm of the rack that sticks out from the bus.
It is a first-come, first-served system. If the racks are full, you will need to lock up your bike at the stop, pedal to your destination, or wait for the next bus.
There is a $2.00 per bike user fee, regardless of the distance traveled, in addition to the regular passenger fare. Season Pass and Monthly Pass holders must also pay the $2.00 fee. Only people capable of loading and unloading their own bikes will be allowed to use the bike racks, unless accompanied by an adult who is capable of assisting. The driver is not in a position to assist.
BIKE LOADING HOURS & DATES
Bike tires and spokes block headlights. Therefore, bikes are allowed to be loaded only during the following times:
- From Mid-April through Labor Day: 6:00am to 7:30 pm
- From the day after Labor Day through the 1st Saturday in October: 7:00am to 6:00pm
- From the first Sunday in October through Mid-November: 7:00am to 4:30pm
- NO bike loading during the Winter Season – Late November to Early April
HOW TO USE A BUS BIKE RACK
- As the bus approaches, alert the driver before stepping in front of the bus and be careful not to stand in the traffic lane next to the bus.
- Squeeze the rack handle with one hand to release the folded bike rack and guide it down until you feel it lock into position. Use your other hand to steady your bike. Please use the back inner slot closest to the bus, if available.
- Following the front-wheel placement guide on the bike rack, pull the wheel lock arm out and place the bike onto the tray in the slots. Once the bike is on the rack, lift the wheel lock arm securely over the top of the front wheel until you feel it lock into place.
- Make sure to remove all bike accessories. This includes water bottles, bags, helmets, or other items that could fall off while the bus is in motion. Bikes cannot be padlocked while on the rack.
- Try to sit near the front of the bus to keep an eye on your bike. As you approach your stop, tell the bus operator that you will be unloading your bike from the rack and make sure to exit from the front bus door.
- To unload a bike, lower the wheel lock arm from over the top of the front wheel and simply guide the bike down onto the curb side of the bus. If the rack is empty after you unload, please place the rack handle back to its original folded position.
- Once you are clear of the bus, signal to the bus operator that you have finished unloading.