POLICIES FOR ACCEPTING STANDARD BIKES ON RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEMS
GA: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Bikes on MARTA
Bikes on MARTA
MARTA allows bicycles on trains at any time of the day or night.
Please keep these safety tips in mind:
Cyclists are encouraged, however, to be mindful of other patrons.
Passengers who take their bikes on trains are encouraged to exercise extra caution when using the rail system.
- Avoid boarding trains that are full.
- Please keep your bike out of the aisle and away from the train door.
- Use elevators, not escalators, when taking bikes in and out of rail stations.
- Bikes are not allowed on buses.
Many people who use bicycles to get around metro Atlanta often use MARTA as part of their trip.
Using MARTA in conjunction with a bicycle helps patrons to commute safely and efficiently.
MARTA is proud to be one of the few transit systems in the United States to offer such unrestricted bicycle access on trains.
CA: Bay Area Rapid Transit
Bikes on BART
Effective April, 1999, cyclists are no longer required to use the rear door of the car. BART's Bike rules are intended to allow bicyclists and all BART passengers to make effective use of the system.
During Commute Times
- Bikes are allowed on all trains, except on those trains shown in highlighted areas of the BART schedules published in the All About BART brochure and available on this website. It is the rider's responsibility to refer to BART schedules.
- Regardless of any other rule, bikes are never allowed on crowded cars. Use your good judgment and only board cars that can comfortably accommodate you and your bicycle.
- Bikes are allowed in any car but the first car of a train.
- Bicyclists must use elevator or stairs -- not escalators, and always walk bikes
- Bicyclists must yield priority seating to seniors and people with disabilities, yield to other passengers, hold bikes while on the trains and not block aisles or doors or soil seats.
- In the case of an evacuation, leave your bike on the train and do not let it block aisles or doors.
- Bicyclists under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
- Gas powered vehicles are never permitted.
- Bikes must be parked in racks and lockers. Call (510) 464-7133 for locker availability. Bikes parked against poles, fences or railings will be removed.
- During morning commute hours (as highlighted in the schedule), bikes are allowed in the Embarcadero Station, only for trips to the East Bay.
- During evening commute hours (as highlighted in the schedule), bicyclists traveling from the East Bay must exit at the Embarcadero Station.
- During morning and evening commute hours (as highlighted in the schedule) bikes are not allowed in the 12th and 19th Street Oakland Stations.
- Folded bikes are allowed on the trains at all times.
During commute times, folding bikes must be folded before entering the paid area at the Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, and Civic Center San Francisco Stations, and the 12th and 19th Street Oakland Stations.
At all other stations, they may be folded on the platform, but must be folded before boarding a train.
Violation of the above rules subject to citation under CA Vehicle Code Sec. 21113 and Sec. 42001. Information is also available on renting bicycle lockers at stations
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
VTA - Bikes on Light Rail
Bikes on Light Rail
All light rail vehicles are equipped with interior bike racks.
The maximum number of bicycles allowed inside a light rail vehicle is six.
Up to four bicycles can be accommodated in the racks provided, with two additional bicycles allowed to stand on the floor in the center section (turntable area) of the vehicle.
All bicycles must be boarded through the center doors of each car, and they are restricted to the designated area in the center section (turntable area) of the vehicle.
CA: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
VTA - Bikes on Caltrain
Bikes on Caltrain
Each train can accommodate a maximum of 24 bicycles. Bicycles must be stowed in the designated bicycle storage space in the northern-most car, noted by a yellow decal on the outside. Bicyclists must be age 16 or older.
Collapsible bicycles must be fully enclosed in a cover while boarding, exiting and being stored in the train.
These bikes enclosed in a cover are not subject to the 24-bike limit.
NY: Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Metro's Bikes on the Rail program
METRO'S BIKES ON THE RAIL PROGRAM
Take your bike on Metro Rail, as long as you observe the following rules:
- Riding bicycles in Metro Rail Stations or on Station property is strictly prohibited.
Please walk your bike in and around the stations.
- Station elevators must be used for getting your bike to and from train platforms.
Do not carry your bike up or down the stairs or on the escalators.
- When boarding a train in an underground station, enter the front door of any car.
If you are going downtown you should board the first car in order to take advantage
of the elevated platform when exiting.
- When boarding a train downtown in Buffalo Place, enter the front door only of the first car
using the elevated platform.
- Enter the rail car only after all other passengers have entered or exited the car.
- Only two bikes are permitted in each rail car, both at the forward end of the car, in the area
designated for wheelchairs.
If this area is occupied, please move to the next car or wait for the
If someone in a wheelchair boards, please give up your space.
- Stand with your bike and do not leave it unattended for any reason; securely hold your bike
at all times; do not use the kick stand; and do not leave your bike in the aisle.
- Riders 15 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- Above all, please be considerate of your fellow passengers
- As always, proof of fare payment is required.
Bikes are allowed on Metro Rail at any time.
Bike lockers are available for rent at South Campus and LaSalle Stations.
DC: Washington Metropoloitan Area Transit
Bicycles are permitted on Metrorail (limited to two bicycles per car) weekdays except 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bicycles are permited all day Saturday and Sunday as well as most holidays (limited to four bicycles per car).
Bicycles are not permitted on Metrorail on July 4th and other special events or holidays when large crowds use the system.
For the safety, comfort and convenience of all passengers, follow these guidelines whenever you bring a bicycle into the Metrorail system.
- Enter and exit through the first and last-not the center emergency-doors.
In an emergency, place your bicycle on the seats and leave it on the train.
- Only regular bicycles are permitted (maximum size 80" long, 48" high and 22" side).
No tricycles or training wheels are allowed.
- Use the elevator at all times.
Do not take bicycles on escalators.
Avoid blocking doorways and aisles.
Yield to other passengers.
- Do not ride bicycles in stations, on platforms or trains.
Keep both wheels on the ground and the kickstand up.
Maintain control of your bicycle.
- If you are under 16 years of age, you must be accompanied by an adult.
(You can find a copy of the Metro Bike-On-Rail Guidelines in station take-one racks.)
Bicycle lockers are available for $70 for one year plus a $10 key deposit.
ANY car, off peak hours
Click here for a list of Metrorail station lockers and racks and information on applying for a locker.
Metrorail's Bike-On-Rail Enhanced Access Demonstration program was a success and as a result, the current hours for the program will remain in effect on a permanent basis, Metro's Chief Executive Officer Richard A. White announced today during a Metro Board Operations Committee meeting.
Last summer, Metro introduced a six-month trial program for enhanced Metrorail access for bicyclists.
The demonstration program called for bicycles to be welcomed in the Metrorail system at all times except for weekday peak hours, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The program allowed cyclists to board any car of a train using the front and back doors only - not the center emergency doors.
Up to two bicycles per railcar were allowed during weekdays and four on weekends.
Metro officials deemed the trial program a success because of four key findings:
- There were no customer complaints.
- There were no bicycle-related accidents.
- There were no significant increases in enforcement actions.
- There were no significant impact on non-bicycle riders.