How to Use Bus Racks

CTtransit offers the following advice on using their bicycle transport racks:

At the bus stop:
• Be prepared for the arrival of the bus. Be off your bike so the bus operator will recognize you are waiting for the bus.
• Bikes are only permitted on the exterior bike racks; no bicycles are allowed in the interior of the bus. If the bike rack on the approaching bus is full, you must wait for the next bus.
• Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop.
• Let the bus operator know you will be loading a bike, and keep in the operator’s sight.

When loading your bike:
• When approaching or leaving the bus, be aware of the bus operator’s blind spots and avoid them. As a word of caution, areas behind the wheels on both sides are blind spots outside the range of the operator’s mirrors.
• For your safety, do not step into traffic.
• It is the policy of CTTRANSIT that bus operators can- not leave the bus or help load and unload bicycles.
• Once loaded and secured with the support arm, the bike is held firmly in place and you are ready to board the bus.

Safety:
• Bicycles are transported at the owner’s risk. CTTRANSIT is not responsible for damage to improperly secured bicycles, loss due to theft, or bicycles forgotten by owners.
• Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
• You may use a personal bike lock to secure your bicycle to the rack.

When you reach your destination:
• Remember to take your bike! Inform the bus operator that you will be unloading your bicycle.
• If there are no other bikes in the rack, please fold up the rack when you have removed your bicycle.
• Wait until the bus moves away from the stop before getting on your bike.

Instructions for loading your bicycle onto a CTtransit bus rack:

• Remove loose items from bike.
• If bike rack is empty, squeeze handle to release latch and fold down rack. The rack weighs less than 30 pounds and is easy to raise & lower.
• Only load your bike from the curb side or in front of the bus.
• Lift your bike into the available wheel slot—if yours is the only bike, please use slot farthest from bus.
• Raise and secure the support arm over the front tire of your bike.
• Note that the support arm must be positioned so the hook rests on the highest point of the tire.
• If you wish, secure your bike with your personal bike lock.
• Board the bus and pay your fare (there is no additional charge for a bicycle).
• Inform the driver you will be unloading your bike when you signal for your stop.
• Lower the support arm, lift your bike out of rack toward the curb.
• Fold up the rack if empty, and step away from bus with bike.

Your bicycle should look like this when properly loaded onto the bus rack.

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2 responses

29 03 2010
sara

Thanks for doing this tutorial. I don’t think our Radish can fit in these racks (too long, perhaps?) but I have wondered how to use them & think bike to bus & bike again is a great carfree solution for certain routes.

24 01 2011
Maya Brooks

-*; I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information “‘;

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