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Bike&Ride Pilot Expands to Queens and the Bronx on Q50 and Bx23 Buses

Following the successful launch of the Bike&Ride program on the S53 and S93 Staten Island bus routes, the program is expanding to Queens and the Bronx. You can see even more of New York by bike. Beginning July1st, you’ll see bike racks on the on the Q50 and Bx23 bus routes. Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to cycling fun and great exercise!

View our instructional video explaining how to Bike&Ride

How to Load/Unload your Bike

  • As the bus approaches, have your bicycle ready to load and positioned parallel to the curb. All loose items such as backpacks, pouches, baskets or similar items must be removed from the bicycle before the bus arrives. The bicycle should be clean, free of excess grease and dirt and should not have sharp projections.
  • Alert the bus operator that you will be loading your bicycle. Once the bus has stopped, wave your hand, make eye contact with the bus operator and get a verbal acknowledgement to begin loading your bike. Load from the side of the bus nearest the curb. The bus operator cannot assist you.
  • Lower the bike rack by squeezing the top handle while holding your bicycle with the other hand. Please do not lean your bicycle against the bus. If another bicycle is in position, the rack will already be lowered. If the bike rack is full, please wait for the next bus.
  • Lift your bike onto the rack so that it sits in the empty wheel well with the front wheel toward the spring loaded bar. If there is a bicycle already in the front position, load yours in the second wheel well facing the opposite direction.
  • Raise the spring-loaded bar up and over the front wheel and place it on the top of the wheel near the bicycle frame. The support arm adds lateral support for the bicycle when the bus is in motion and is required. The support arm needs to be raised so that the hook rests at the highest point on the front wheel. Locks may not be used to secure bicycles to racks.
  • Board the bus and pay your fare. Sit or stand near the front of the bus so you can watch your bicycle while you ride the bus.
  • As you approach your stop inform the bus operator you want to unload your bike. After exiting the bus make eye contact with the bus operator and get a verbal or visual acknowledgement to begin unloading your bicycle. From the curbside, lower the spring-loaded bar from the wheel and lift your bike off the rack.
  • If there is no other bicycle in the rack, swing the rack up.
  • Step away from the bus, move to the curb, wave your hand and make eye contact to let the bus operator know that you and your bicycle are clear of the bus.

Important to know

Cyclists assume all responsibility for any damage and/or injury that occurs as a result of their bicycle being placed onto a bus bike rack. This includes injury to the cyclist, other customers, or damages to any bicycles, the bus, or other vehicles. A sudden stop or any other accident experienced by the bus does not remove responsibility from the bicycle owner for damages or injuries to other customers or themselves.

There is no age restriction for using the bicycle racks, but the rider must be able to load/unload their bicycle competently, securely, safely, and without assistance from the bus operator. Bus operators are not permitted to assist. Any child/youth or adult that is unable to safely operate the bicycle racks may be restricted from using the bicycle rack.

During an emergency evacuation of a bus, bicycles must be left in the bicycle rack unless the retrieval of bicycles is directed by the bus operator, a supervisor, or a Police or Fire official.

Only non-collapsible, conventional bicycles that are no longer than 80 inches, no higher than 48 inches, and no wider than 22 inches are permitted. Mopeds, tricycles, unicycles, motor-powered bicycles and motorcycles are prohibited.

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