Bikes on Buses

What You Need to Know

All Santa Clarita Transit local buses are equipped with bike racks.  Santa Clarita Transit commuter express buses can also accommodate the storage of bicycles in the large luggage compartments located on the side of the bus.

Bike racks can hold two to three bikes on a first come, first served basis.

Only single seat, two-wheeled bicycles will be permitted. Wheels must be at a minimum of 16 inches. No motor-powered, BMX-style or 3-wheeled vehicles.

A passenger must be at least 12 years old to load or unload a bike.

No extra charge for boarding with a bike.

Santa Clarita Transit is not responsible for personal injury, property damage, or property loss arising from the use of the bike racks. Use at your own risk.

If you forget to unload your bike at your departure, please call (661) 294-1287 to report your bike. Advise them which bus the bike is on, the time to retrieve it and where, and any other details.

Loading Your Bike on a Rack

Be ready to load your bike as the bus approaches. Before the bus arrives, remove water bottles, pumps, or any loose items that might fall off.

  • Make sure you have the attention of the driver before you step in front of the bus to load your bike.
  • For safety, be sure to stand only on the curbside of the bus when you load your bike.
  • When you reach your stop, alert the driver that you will remove your bike, then ride away to your destination.
  • With one hand, balance your bike while using the other hand to lower the rack by squeezing the chrome when lowering it
  • Lift your bike onto the rack, fitting the wheels into the slots. Each slot is labeled for the front and rear wheels. All bicycles load exactly the same way.
  • Raise and release the wheel lock arm from its magnetized base. Place it over the top of the front tire. A spring pulls the arm back, holding the bike securely. Make sure the arm is resting on the tire and not the frame.
  • Board the bus and pay your fare. Sit near the front of the bus as you will be leaving by the front door.

Removing Your Bike from a Rack

  • Inform the driver before you get off the bus that you will be removing your bicycle.
  • For safety, be sure to stand only on the curbside of the bus when you unload your bicycle.
  • Raise the lock arm off the tire and return it to its magnetic base. Lift your bike out of the rack. With one hand holding your bike, use your other hand to return the rack to the upright position if there is not another bicycle on the rack.
  • Step away from the bus and onto the curb with your bike. Indicate to the driver that you are clear of the bus.

Loading Your Bike on a Commuter Express Bus

  • Make sure you notify the driver that you are loading your bike onto the bus.
  • Pull outward on the handle found on the compartment door.  As you lift the handle, the compartment door will release and begin to lift.
  • Open the compartment and place the bike into the compartment.
  • Lower the compartment door and close the latch by pressing the handle back into place.

Safety Tips

  • Never cross the street in front of the bus.
  • Instructions are posted on the rack. It is a three-step process and generally takes no more than 30 seconds.
  • No special permit is required.
  • Riders are responsible for loading, securing and unloading their bikes in a safe and timely manner. Bus operators cannot get off the bus to assist.
  • Space is available on a first come/first served basis. If the bike rack is full, you will need to wait for the next bus. No bikes allowed inside the bus.

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BikeLids are available at the McBean Regional Transit Center on a first-com, first served basis. Designed for day-use, they offer a secure bicycle storage solution for those connecting to our service via bike.

  • BikeLids are free of charge and are available on a first-come, first served basis.
  • BikeLids may not be locked more than 24 hours at a time.
  • Locked empty BikeLids are not permitted.
  • Only bicycles are allowed to be stored in BikeLids.
  • Storage of any gas-powered mode of transportation is prohibited.
  • Failure to comply with the above may result in the removal and disposal of the lock and any contents found within the BikeLid. Please refer to Municipal Code 14.06.082.

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