Bring a bike on the bus

Asheville Transit buses are equipped with bicycle racks to hold from two to
three bicycles. If the racks are full, two additional bicycles are allowed
inside the bus, depending on passenger and wheelchair loads. Only single rider,
two-wheel bicycles are permitted on the bus bicycle racks or in the
bus. No motor, tandem or three wheel bicycles are allowed. There is no age
limit for riders using the bicycle racks or bringing bicycles on board the bus.
Riders must be able to load and unload their bicycles, both on the bicycle
racks and also on the bus.

There is no guarantee that there will be space on any specific bus for your
bicycle.

Loading

  1. Before the bus arrives remove all items that may fall off the bicycle
    during transit, such as bags, helmet, lights, air pumps, or water
    bottles. If items are securely mounted on the bicycle they do not need
    to be removed. Asheville Transit is not responsible for any lost items
    or damage to the bicycle.
  2. Always load and unload your bicycle from the curb side of the bus.
  3. If the rack is stowed, squeeze the silver release handle on the top and
    lower the rack from its upright position.
  4. Lift your bicycle into the rack, putting the front wheel where indicated
    on the rack. (The first bicycle in the rack should be loaded in the
    position closest to the bus.)
  5. Pull the support arm up and over the front tire as close to the frame as
    possible. The support arm should rest securely on the front tire only,
    not on the bicycle’s frame.
  6. If taking your bicycle on-board please allow other passengers to board
    first.
  7. Board the bus and pay your fare. Sit as close to the front as possible,
    and keep your bicycle in view at all times.

Unloading

  1. When approaching your stop, let the bus driver know you will unload
    your bicycle and then exit through the front door of the bus.
  2. Lift the support arm from the bicycle’s tire and lower it to the magnet
    on the rack.
  3. Take your bicycle out of the rack.
  4. If the rack is now empty, raise the rack up against the bus.

General Safety Reminders

If an Asheville Transit employee considers that the bicycle represents a
hazard to the safety of other passengers due to crowding or other operating
conditions, that employee may prohibit the bicycle from entering the bus.

For safety reasons, the bus operator cannot get off the bus to assist the
cyclist, but will be able to give instructions.

For your safety never step onto the street (left) side of the bus when loading
or unloading your bicycle. The bus operator or other vehicles may not see
you if you approach and load from the left side of the bus.

All unclaimed bicycles left on racks will be sent to Asheville Transit Lost and
Found and kept for at least 30 days. After such time, if the owner does not
claim a bicycle, it may be disposed of or converted to city use in accordance
with City of Asheville practices.

Asheville Transit is not responsible for damages to or caused by bicycles on
Asheville property or vehicles.