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Bikes on buses

Timaru Link with bike rack

All of our buses have two bike racks fitted and they are free for you to use.

Metro provide a number of vehicles with bike racks on them giving you the option to bus to work and bike home or bike and bus in stages. The bike racks are easy and free to use.

Using our bike racks is easy

When the bus arrives it takes just a few steps to get your bike on the racks.

 Download a brochure on how to use a bike rack

Loading your bike

  • Before the bus arrives remove any loose items from your bike that could fall off while the bus is moving.
  • Squeeze the bike rack handle up to release and lower the rack.
  • Lift your bike on to the rack with the front wheel facing the yellow support arm.
  • Raise the support arm over the front tyre so the hook rests on the top of the wheel.
  • The bike is now secure and you can board the bus.

Bus bike rack loading - Step 1

Step 1: Squeeze/pull bike rack handle up to release and lower the rack.

Bus bike rack loading - Step 2
Step 2: Lift bike onto the rack with front wheel facing towards the yellow support arm.

Bus bike rack loading - Step 3

Step 3: Raise support arm over front tyre so the hook rests on the front wheel. The bike is now secure and you can board the bus.

Unloading your bike

  • Let the driver know you will be unloading your bike when you exit via the front doors.
  • Unhook and lower the support arm from the front tyre and lift your bike from the bike rack.
  • If no one else is using the rack squeeze the handle and fold the bike rack up.

Bus bike rack unloading - Step 1

Step 1: Lower support arm

Bus bike rack unloading - Step 2

Step 2: Lift bike off the rack.

Bus bike rack unloading - Step 3

Step 3: Squeeze/pull bike rack handle up. 

 

Bike rack frequently asked questions

How many bikes can fit on the racks at a time?
Metro buses can carry up to two bikes at the front. The maximum weight for each bike is 24kg.

If the racks are full, can I take my bike inside the bus?
Unfortunately no. Due to safety requirements, bikes cannot be carried inside buses.

What size wheels are the racks designed to carry?
Racks are designed to carry bikes with wheels larger than 16” diameter.

Can I put my electric bike on the bus?
If you're travelling with an electric bike, it is recommended to take the battery off before loading it onto the bike racks.

Can I take my fold-up bike on the bus?
Fold up bikes are permitted inside the bus if they fit into the luggage space.

When my bike is on the rack, am I covered for damage?
Yes. Your bike is transported and protected on Public Transport in Canterbury under Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017. That means if loss or damage occurs while being carried, you may be able to claim up to a maximum value of $2,000 from the carrier (Public Transport operator).