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Bringing your bike

Bike & Bus has never been easier!

Now it's more convenient than ever to get around town. Bicyclists simply load their bikes on easy-to-use bicycle racks mounted securely to the front of all MTD buses (except electric shuttles). Simple instructions are posted directly on the racks and detailed below.

Two bikes can be carried at once and they are held in place by a spring-loaded clamp. The racks hold most wheel and frame sizes, including some children's bikes. Each bike can be loaded and unloaded independently. You are responsible for loading, securing, and removing your own bicycle.

Bicycle racks are available on a first come-first served basis. If the bike rack on your bus is full, you must wait for the next bus, or leave (lock) your bike at the bus stop. Bicycles are not allowed inside MTD buses (except folding bikes held by passengers). No motorized bicycles are allowed except lightweight electric bikes with fully enclosed battery packs. Only single-seat, two-wheel bicycles are permitted on the bike racks. Bicyle trailers do not fit on the racks and are not allowed on the bus. Bicycles must fit securely in the rack and cannot obstruct the driver's view. All accessories that obstruct the driver's view or the bus headlights must be removed. Children 12 and under must be accompanied and assisted by an adult. One bicycle per passenger.

There is no extra cost for using the Bike & Bus program. MTD recommends that you label your bike with ID and contact information.

Don't forget your bike! MTD will charge a $10 handling fee (cash, local check, or money order ONLY) for the return of any bike that is left on the bus.

Bicycle racks are provided as a convenience. MTD is not responsible for damages incurred or caused to bicycles or for injury to the cyclist while loading and unloading bicycles. MTD is also not responsible for theft or loss of bicycles. The cyclist is responsible for any damage caused by using the bicycle racks. Lost bikes are turned over to the Santa Barbara Police Department or the Santa Barbara County Sheriff.

Loading and Unloading Your Bike

  1. Step 1

    Make sure your bike is ready to load before the bus approaches. Remove water bottles, pumps, and any other loose items that could fall off while the bus is in motion.

  2. Step 2

    When the bus approaches, signal the driver that you will be loading your bike. Proceed to the front of the bus. Using one hand to hold your bike, squeeze handle up to release latch, then fold down the bike rack.

  3. Step 3

    Lift your bike onto the rack, fitting the wheels into the labeled slots.

  4. Step 4

    Secure the bike into the appropriate labeled spot.

  5. Step 5

    Raise the support arm up and over the front tire so that the hook rests at the highest point on the front wheel.

  6. Step 6

    Board the bus and take a seat, preferably within view of your bicycle.

  7. Step 7

    As you get off the bus, let the driver know that you will be unloading your bicycle. Raise the support arm off the tire and lift your bike out of the rack. If the rack is empty, please return it to the upright position.