Bike and Buses

Bike & Ride 

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Bike & Ride has made combining a bike ride with your bus trip easy, environmentally friendly and a healthy way to get around the city.

This page provides information about bike racks on ACTION buses. To find your nearest Bike & Ride facility, including bike cages, lockers, and rails, view the Bike & Ride map. Find more information about other Bike & Ride facilities on the Transport for Canberra website.

Most Blue Rapid and Red Rapid services are equipped with bike racks. Due to operational requirements, some buses on the rapid routes may not be fitted with bike racks.

  • Passengers may use bike racks on other routes if available.
  • Each bike rack can hold two bikes and each bike can be loaded or unloaded without affecting each other.
  • Bikes are held firmly in place by spring-loaded clamps. Bikes do not touch each other or the bus, assuring safe, secure transport.
  • The racks are designed to accommodate two-wheel, single-seat bikes.
  • Children aged 13 or under must be assisted by an adult to load and unload the bike from the rack.

To see a demonstration of bike rack use, please view our instructional video or information sheet.

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Terms and Conditions for using an ACTION Bus Bike Rack 

  • Bicycle wheel size must be 20 inches (51 cm) or larger.
  • Most BMX, road bikes, hybrid bikes and mountain bikes can be used in the bike racks.
  • The maximum width of the spring-loaded arm is 3 inches (7.5 cm). Bikes with front fenders, tyres wider than 3 inches (7.5 cm), front mounted horizontal racks or front mounted baskets will not fit.
  • Bike handlebars cannot extend more than 42 inches (105 cm) from the front of the bus.
  • If the bike rack is full, passengers may wait for the next Blue Rapid or Red Rapid service.
  • Bike rack use is on a first come, first served basis. There is a maximum of two bikes per rack.
  • Bike rack use is free, but the bike rider must pay the required bus fare.
  • The bike rider is responsible for loading, securing and unloading the bicycle from the bike rack in accordance with the instruction decal located on the rack.
  • Bikes with front mounted fenders, racks or baskets that prevent the correct operation of the spring loaded arm are not permitted. Force must not be used to place the bicycle in the rack or secure the spring loaded arm.
  • For safety reasons, the bus driver is not permitted to leave the drivers cab to assist with the loading or unloading of a bicycle.
  • The diameter of the wheel and the width of the tyre must be within the rack manufacturer's specifications.
  • The maximum weight of a bike and accessories is 25kg.
  • Bicycles must not be locked to the rack.
  • Tandem bicycles, tricycles, children's bikes and bikes with petrol motors are not permitted.
  • Any non secure or loose item on a bike such as water bottles, bags or pumps must be taken off the bicycle before placing it on the rack.
  • For safety reasons, bicycles with baskets, panniers, flags, baby seats or any other large object that may obscure the driver's vision or bus light are not permitted on the bike racks. However, these items may be removed and carried onto the bus.
  • Please close and secure the rack if your bike is the last one on the rack.
  • Please report any damage or faulty operation of the rack immediately to the bus driver.
  • The bus driver or a transport officer has the final decision in relation to the carriage of bicycles on bike racks.
  • Bike riders use ACTION's bike racks at their own risk. ACTION accepts no responsibility for bikes that are damaged, lost or stolen or for injury to people through loading or unloading a bike onto the rack.
  • ACTION accepts no responsibility for bikes that are lost, stolen, damaged or left on a bike rack.
  • Customers use ACTION bike racks at their own risk.

Loading and unloading your bike

Click on the link below for instructions on how to use the bus racks.

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Safety 

  • Always make eye contact with the driver when using ACTION bike racks.
  • Always stay visible to the driver.
  • Be aware of traffic around you.
  • Always load and unload your bike from the bus-stop side of the road.
  • Once the driver has closed the doors for departure, do not attempt to load your bike onto the rack.

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Frequently asked questions 

  • Can I ride for free?
    Cyclists who use an ACTION bike rack pay a normal passenger fare to travel. It does not cost extra for use of the bike rack.
  • What size bike can I put on the bike racks?
    The bike racks are designed to accommodate two-wheel, single-seat bikes only.  Bikes must have a minimum wheel diameter of 20 inches and a maximum width of 7.5 centimeters.
  • What if I arrive at a bus stop and there are already two people with bikes waiting, what do I do?
    The bike racks only have the capacity to carry two bikes at any one time. ACTION operates under a first in first served basis. No queue jumping please.
  • What bikes can't be put on the bike racks?
    Tandem bikes, tricycles, small children's bikes and bikes with petrol motors are not permitted. Bikes with front mounted accessories or any accessory that may obscure the vision of the driver is also not permitted. 
  • I arrived at my bus stop which is not a rapid route, but there is a bike rack at the front of the bus. Can I use the bike rack?
    Yes, passengers may use bike racks on other routes if available.

Electric Bikes

As of Monday 27 July 2015, electric bikes weighing less than 25kg will be permitted on ACTION bus bike racks. Prior to using the bike rack with an electric bike, all cyclists should read the guidelines below.

Fold up Bikes

Fold up bikes that are designed to be carried on public transport can be carried on ACTION buses. Conditions apply and are listed below. Please ensure you read all the conditions before you take your fold up bike on the bus.

  • Normal fares apply for passengers who bring a fold up bike onto the bus.
  • Fold up bikes must be secured in the folded position prior to boarding the bus. Drivers are not required to wait for riders to fold their bikes.
  • Fold up bikes must be designed to be carried on public transport. Improvised or non-standard bikes may not be carried onto an ACTION bus.
  • Drivers may refuse carriage of a fold up bike if they deem it to be an inconvenience or danger to someone else.
  • For safety reasons the bus driver is not able to assist with the carriage, loading or removal of a bike on or off the bus.
  • Bikes should be stored in the luggage rack or on the floor of the bus and not pose a danger or inconvenience to passengers.
  • Bikes should be stored in a manner that does not obstruct an aisle doorway or exit.
  • A passenger that brings a bike onto a bus does so at their own risk. ACTION is not liable for any damage, wear or tear that occurs to a bike as the result of its carriage aboard a bus.

For further details please refer to the Bikes on Buses policy.

Cycling 

There are several options which enable riders to combine cycling with bus travel. Riders able to leave their bike behind can use the many bike rails, lockers and cages around Canberra. Riders needing to take their bike on their journey can use the bike racks on buses.

Bike Rails, Lockers and Cages 

The ACT Government provides free bicycle parking facilities around Canberra. These include bike rails, lockers and cages. Refer to the Transport for Canberra Bike and Ride page for more information.

Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map 

The Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map shows on road cycle lanes, shared use paths, bike parking facilities and rapid bus routes.

To view the map follow this link Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map


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