Tips for Riding - Bikes on THE BUS
Bike on THE BUS
Please be sure to read the following information very carefully. You can ride THE BUS and ride your bike - in the same trip. Merced County Transit (The Bus) buses are equipped with front-mounted racks to allow riders to combine biking and busing for your work, school, shopping or fun trips. The entire fleet is bike accessible. This Bikes on Buses program will allow The Bus to serve another transportation need in the community.
Bicycle Lockers are another way to secure your bicycle while using public transportation. Bicycle lockers are available for rent at major locations in Merced, Atwater, and Los Banos. For more information on renting a locker, call (209) 385-7600. You can also contact us via email at
Bikes on Buses Basics
- Safety always comes first. When you are loading or unloading your bike, never step to the street side of the bus. There could be moving traffic.
- Your bicycle can be no larger than 80 inches long or 48 inches high. No motors, child carriers, or other bulky attachments can be accommodated due to weight and space limitations.
- At a bus stop, have your bike ready to go as the bus approaches. Remove water bottles, pumps, or other objects that might fall off during the trip.
- Merced County Transit is not responsible for damages incurred to or caused by bicycles on transit system property, and is not liable for damage to bicycles that are loaded improperly. You are responsible to properly load your bicycle and do so at your own risk.
Using Bike Racks
Bike access to The Bus is a privilege, not a right. It is the responsibility of the cyclist to read and comply with all of the safety rules. Customers use The Bus bicycle racks at their own risk. The Bus assumes no responsibility for bikes that are lost, stolen, damaged or left on racks.
*See the Merced County Transit Guide for Rack Rules.
Loading Your Bike
First - tell the bus operator that you are going to load your bike onto the rack. The driver will acknowledge you. This is your signal that the operator is ready for you to load your bike. Load your bike while other passengers are boarding. If a passenger getting off the bus wishes to remove their bike, let them do so first.
Unloading Your Bike
As The Bus approaches your stop, tell the operator you'll be removing your bike. Leave by the front door. Wait for the driver to acknowledge you.
- Lift and lower the tire hook.
- Lift your bike off and move to the curb side of the bus.
- If no other bikes are being loaded, and the rack is empty, pull the handle in the center of the rack and raise it to its upright position against the front of the bus. The rack is securely in position when you hear the latch snap into place.
Hands on Instruction
Before you use Bikes on The Bus Service, you might like individual instruction on bicycle rack use. Merced County Transit encourages you to call (209) 384-3111 to arrange instruction at the Merced County Transit bus yard, or at a Bikes on The Bus demonstration location. You can also contact us via email at.
Bicycle lockers are available for rent at major locations in Merced, Atwater, and Los Banos. For further information call (209) 385-7600.
Left your bike on THE BUS?
If you left your bicycle on The Bus and want to claim it, contact the main office at (209) 384-3111 or at (209) 724-0530. You can also contact us via email at.