Bike and Bus with Metro
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Bike & Ride with Metro and TANK!

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 by Caitlin Sparks

When do two wheels become six? When you Bike & Ride on Metro. Every Metro bus is equipped with a front-mounted bike rack that’s easy to use.

Want to get the health benefits of biking along with the convenience of riding the bus? You can get BOTH by utilizing the bike rack on the bus. Every Metro and TANK bus is equipped with a front-mounted bike rack that fits two bikes and is easy to use. Here are a couple great ways you can use the bus with your bike to make your ride easier:

  • Bypass one of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s many hills
  • Show up to work looking fresh, then sneak your workout in on your way home
  • Ride one-way out, then bike home – or vise versa, ride as far as you can, then let the bus give you a ride home
  • If inclement weather rolls in on your ride, let the bus take you the rest of the way
  • If you get a flat tire or other mechanical issue, catch a ride home or to your local bike shop

When using the bus bike rack, follow these guidelines:

  • Each rack holds two bikes. If the rack is full, you must wait for another bus. Bikes are not permitted inside the bus unless they fold.
  • Only single-rider bikes weighing less than 55 lbs. with wheels narrower than 2.35 in. may be put on the bike racks. Motorized bikes (except e-bikes meeting the weight/wheel-size specifications) are not permitted. Children’s bikes under 20 inches are too small for the bike racks.
  • Bikes cannot be locked while on the bike rack.

To load your bike follow these guidelines:

  • Remove panniers, water bottles, and other items affixed to your bike before loading.
  • If the bike rack is not in use, squeeze the release handle to lower the rack.
  • Place bike on the rack, fitting the wheels into the slots. The front wheel should be on the side of the spring-loaded support arm. If there is no other bike on the rack, place your bike in the outside slot furthest from the bus.
  • Raise and place the spring-loaded support arm on the front tire and not the fender or frame.
  • Board the bus, pay your fare, and tell the operator the stop where you will be unloading your bike.

To unload your bike follow these guidelines:

  • Remind the operator that you will be unloading a bike at your stop as soon as you ring the bell.
  • Always exit through the front door of the bus.
  • Raise the support arm from your front tire and return it to the stored position.
  • Lift your bike out of the rack.
  • Raise and secure the rack if no other bikes are on it.

go*ride a bike

The following routes stop at or near some of Cincinnati’s favorite places to ride:

Bike Trails/PathsMetro Routes
Little Miami Scenic TrailRt. 28 East End Milford
Lunken Airport Bike PathRt. 28 East End Milford, Rt. 24
Five Mile Road Bike PathRt. 24
Wasson Way TrailRt. 4, Rt 11, Rt 51, and Rt.90 MetroPlus
West Fork Mill Creek Bike TrailRt. 78 Springdale
Winton Woods Park TrailRt. 20

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