Bikes & Buses

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Riding your bike to Golden Gate Transit is a fun and healthy way to commute. GGT buses that are 30-, 40-, and 60-feet long (numbered in the 500s, 1200s, and 1500s) are equipped with exterior 2- or 3-position bike racks at the front of the bus. All 45-foot long MCI buses (numbered in the 600s and 900s) are equipped with luggage bay bike racks that fit up to 2 bikes.

Bike Safety Tips

  • Make eye contact with driver when using bike racks.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding your bike.
  • Cyclists share the same rights and are subject to the same responsibilities as other vehicle operators.
  • Ride on designated bike routes where possible.
  • Be visible! Wear highly visible clothing during the day and a reflective vest or clothing at night. Always ride with a light on your bike at night. Be careful to avoid blind spots of buses, trucks and other vehicles.
  • Always stay out of the dangerous "door zone" by riding at least 3 feet from parked cars on the street.

For more bike tips, contact the Marin County Bicycle Coalition at 415/456-3469 or visit www.marinbike.org.

Bike Rack Rules

Bike access to GGT is a privilege, not a right. It is the cyclist's responsibility to read and comply with the following safety rules:

  • Customers use GGT bike racks at their own risk. GGT assumes no responsibility for bikes that are lost, stolen, damaged, or left on racks.
  • Racks are available during all hours of operation on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • No additional fees or permits are needed.
  • Bikes are NOT allowed inside buses that have bike racks, even if the rack is full, except on Routes 40/42. Read more about this exception.
  • Cyclists MUST load and unload their bikes themselves. For safety reasons, GGT drivers may NOT leave the bus to assist cyclists.
  • All loose items, such as accessories, water bottles, air pumps, luggage, flags, bags, etc., MUST be removed before loading.

Bike Rack Limitations

  • ONLY single-rider, two-wheel bikes with a wheel size of 20" or larger—including road bikes, hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, and junior/pre-teen bikes—can fit on the bike racks.
  • Bikes with front fenders or tires wider than 3" will NOT fit on exterior bike racks.
  • Recumbent, tandem, motorized, three-wheeled, muddy, dirty, or greasy bikes are NOT permitted on racks or inside buses.
  • Bike handlebars cannot extend more than 42" from the front of the bus.
  • Bikes with rear-mounted baskets or child seats can fit on the exterior bike racks, but NOT on the luggage bay racks. Bikes with front-mounted baskets or horizontal racks will NOT fit on either front-mounted or luggage bay bike rack.

Bike Racks at Bus Stops

Bike racks are available, free of charge, at over 40 Golden Gate Transit bus stops. Racks at the San Rafael Transit Center can accommodate about 70 bikes. Racks at other locations typically hold 4 to 6 bikes.

For bike rack locations, visit our Bike Rack Location page or see the Golden Gate Transit Guide.

Bike Racks on Buses

All GGT buses are equipped with bike racks—front-mounted racks that can accommodate 2 or 3 bikes and luggage bay racks that can accommodate 2 bikes. Front-mounted racks are on all 30- and 40-foot buses and on articulated (60-foot accordian) buses. Luggage bay racks are on all 45-foot MCI buses.

For instructions on how to load and unload your bike on one of our racks, visit our Bike Loading/Unloading page.

 
Front-mounted bike rack
Luggage bay bike rack

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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