If you’re looking for a healthier way to commute, consider Bike & Ride with Transport Canberra. You can ride your bike and store it or bring it aboard as your continue your journey on a bus or light rail vehicle.
Find our Bike & Ride locations and see which of the below options will best suit your multi-modal travel needs by viewing our Bike & Ride Map.
- Secure your bicycle in a bike cage, accessed using your MyWay card
- lock your bicycle in a bike locker
- secure your bicycle to a bike rail or rack using a lock from home
- take your bike on a bus using the bike rack at the front of the vehicle
- Take your bike on the light rail, securing it using the bike rack within the passenger area.
By choosing to Bike & Ride, you’ll be helping to reduce congestion, reduce energy consumption and pollution, and make Canberra a cleaner and greener place to live today and into the future.
Park & Pedal is another convenient option for using active travel for your commute.
All Bike & Ride facilities are marked on the Bike & Ride map (PDF 1.6MB).
Apply for access to a secure, sheltered bike cage by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your MyWay card number and the location of the cage you would like to use. Access will be granted within 5 business days.
Once access has been granted, simply swipe your MyWay card to open the door and place your bike on one of the racks inside.
Contact us to find out more.
You’ll be placed on a waiting list and notified when a locker becomes available.
Lockers must be reserved prior to use, and you’ll need your own padlock to ensure the locker remains secure.
Bike rails are installed at over 15 bus stop locations across Canberra, primarily on Rapid routes. Bike rails can be used without reservation, and are available on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own lock to secure bikes at these open facilities.
Over 90% of Transport Canberra buses are equipped with bike racks. Each bike rack can hold two bikes (two-wheels, single-seat) and each bike can be loaded or unloaded without affecting the other. The racks work by:
- using spring-loaded clamps to firmly hold bikes in place
- ensuring bikes do not touch each other or the bus, assuring safe, secure transport.
Bike racks on buses cannot be reserved and are available on a first come, first served basis. No lock is required when using the on-bus bike rack.
Pay your normal fare to take your bike on the rack.
Attaching your bike to the bus
You can also download the Using the bike rack (PDF 156 KB) instructions.
- always make eye contact with the driver when planning to use the bike rack
- 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
- children aged 13 or under must be assisted by an adult to load and unload the bike.
Conditions for using a bus bike rack
Before using a bus bike rack, you must make sure:
- the bicycle wheel size is 20 inches (51 cm) or larger, and a maximum width of 7.5 cm
- bike handlebars cannot extend more than 42 inches (105 cm) from the front of the bus
- you’re familiar with the instructions because you are responsible for loading, securing and unloading your bicycle
- front mounted fenders, racks or baskets are not on your bike (they’ll prevent the correct operation of the spring loaded arm so are not permitted)
- force is not used to place the bicycle in the rack or secure the spring loaded arm
- the maximum weight of your bike and accessories is 25kg
- non-secure or loose items such as water bottles, bags or pumps are taken off the bicycle before placing it on the rack
- you close and secure the rack if your bike is the last one on the rack.
Also note that:
- most BMX, road bikes, hybrid bikes, electric bikes and mountain bikes can be used
- the maximum width of the spring-loaded arm is 3 inches (7.5 cm) so bikes with front fenders, tyres wider than 3 inches (7.5 cm), front mounted horizontal racks or front mounted baskets will not fit
- if the bike rack is full, you’ll have to wait for the next Blue Rapid or Red Rapid service – please don’t jump the queue if others are already waiting
- 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
- for safety reasons, the bus driver is not permitted to leave the driver’s cab to assist with the loading or unloading of a bicycle
- bicycles must not be locked to the rack
- tandem bicycles, tricycles, children's bikes and bikes with petrol motors are not permitted
- for safety reasons, bicycles with baskets, panniers, flags, baby seats or any other large object that may obscure the driver's vision or bus lights are not permitted on the bike racks (these items may be removed and carried onto the bus)
- the bus driver or a transport officer has the final decision in relation to the carriage of bicycles on bike racks
- bike riders using bike racks do so at their own risk – Transport Canberra 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
Please report any damage or faulty operation of the rack immediately to the bus driver.
Bikes can be carried on light rail and must board through either of the double doors, which are clearly marked with a bicycle image. All bikes must be placed into the allocated bicycle rack which is clearly marked on the LRV floor. The racks are designed to accommodate two-wheel, single-seat bikes. A maximum of four bike racks are available and cannot be reserved, spaces are on a first come first served basis.
For more on bicycle access for light rail, download the CMET Bicycle Access brochure.
You can take a fold-up bike onto a bus or light rail vehicle provided:
- it is designed to be carried on public transport (improvised or non-standard bikes may not be carried onto a bus)
- it is secured in the folded position prior to boarding the bus (drivers won’t wait for you to fold your bike)
- it’s stored in the luggage rack or on the floor of the bus and does not pose a danger or inconvenience to passengers
- it doesn’t obstruct an aisle doorway or exit
- you take full responsibility – Transport Canberra is not liable for any damage, wear and tear, loss or stolen bikes.
Transport staff may refuse carriage of a fold-up bike if they deem it to be an inconvenience or danger to someone else, and 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.
Normal fares apply.
Read our Bikes on Buses Policy (PDF 132KB).
Find out more about cycling in Canberra.