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Cyclists can combine their cycling with transit to make their daily commute or tours around the city an eco-friendly trek.

Edmonton Transit Service gives cyclists the option of taking their ride with them on the bus or LRT. ETS also has bicycle parking at a number of its transit centres and LRT stations.

Bikes on Buses

ETS has bike racks on all full sized and articulated buses*. Using the rack is easy. Loading and unloading your bike takes approximately 20 seconds. Easy-to-follow instructions are printed directly on the rack.

The bike rack holds two bicycles. Space on the bike rack is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the bike rack is full, you will have to wait for the next bus.

Bicycles are not allowed inside the bus for safety reasons. Safety is a primary concern, so ETS personnel may at any time refuse access to cyclists due to unsafe conditions.

ETS is not responsible for damages caused by or to bicycles on ETS property.

Easy On!

Bicycles are loaded and unloaded individually from the curb side of the bus. Before the bus arrives, get your bike ready for loading by removing any loose objects (like water bottles and pumps) that could fall off while the bus is in motion. Indicate to the operator from the curb that you will be loading your bike.

Cyclists are responsible for properly securing their own bikes to the rack. For safety reasons, the operator cannot leave the bus to help load or unload bikes.

  1. Squeeze handle up to release latch; then fold down the bike rack
  2. Lift your bike onto the bike rack, fitting the tires into the wheel slots. Each slot is labelled for front and rear wheels. Please use the outside slot first
  3. Pull the support arm out and up over the top of the front tire to secure it in place

Board the bus and pay your fare. Your bike rides free!

Easy Off!

Before you reach your stop, tell the operator you will be unloading your bike, then exit by the front door.

  1. Pull the support arm out and down over the tire to release it
  2. Lift your bike out of the bike rack
  3. Fold up the rack to the locked position if the rack is empty and no one else is waiting to load their bike

Please allow passengers with bicycles who are leaving the bus to remove their bicycles first, before loading another bike.

Specs for Bikes on Buses

Bike Specifications Carrying Capacity 2 bikes
Max Tire Width 2.35"
Max Wheelbase 44"
Wheel Diameter 20"-29"

* Due to mechanical failure or other technical challenge, there may be occasions when a bus does not have a bike rack.

Please Note: Bikes are not permitted in bike racks on ETS buses providing inter-municipal highway trips (Routes  560, 580, 590, 599 and 747). The bike racks were not designed to securely hold a bike at highway speed and there is the potential for a bike to become loose and fall off during the trip.

Bikes on LRT

Usage Hours

Outside of the peak hours cyclists can travel with their bicycles in any direction on the LRT.

Bicycles are not permitted (Monday to Friday) from:

  • 7:30-9am
  • 4-5:30pm

There are no hourly restrictions for bicycles on Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays.

It's as Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Please walk your bike in LRT stations and vehicles. You may use stairs, escalators or elevators (except where noted) providing you yield to the right-of-way of others. Hold onto your bike at all times when using stairs, escalators or elevators
  2. You pay the regular ETS fare while your bike rides free!
  3. Please enter and exit through the middle doors of the LRT vehicle. The bent poles at the doors allow for easier access. Please allow other passengers to exit and enter the LRT first. Green signs are posted on the LRT doors to show which ones to use

Remember to…

Please stay with your bicycle at all times while in LRT stations and vehicles. Stand beside your bike and hold onto it while riding the LRT.

Do not:

  • Straddle or sit on your bike
  • Prop your bicycle up against an LRT seat, door or any place else that might cause damage or injury
  • Chain your bicycle to a pole, seat, or other equipment in an LRT station or vehicle.

Please ensure no mud or grease drops from your bicycle onto LRT stations, vehicles or other passengers.

ETS may, at any time, refuse entrance to cyclists due to crowded trains or platforms, or unsafe conditions (before or after a concert or football game). Regulations for bicycle travel on the LRT are governed by a City of Edmonton - Conduct of Transit Passengers - Bylaw No. 8353. ETS is not responsible for damages incurred or caused to bicycles on ETS property.

Bicycle Parking at ETS Facilities

Bicycle parking areas are available at many Transit Centres and LRT Stations. Cyclists are responsible for securely locking their bicycles in the racks. The following Transit Centres and LRT Stations have bike racks.

  • Belvedere LRT Station
  • Belvedere Transit Centre
  • Century Park Transit Centre
  • Clareview LRT Station
  • Coliseum LRT Station
  • Grandin LRT Station
  • Millgate Transit Centre
  • Mill Woods Transit Centre
  • South Campus LRT Station
  • Southgate Transit Centre
  • Stadium LRT Station
  • Westmount Transit Centre

ETS is not responsible for damages incurred or caused to bicycles on ETS property.

History of Bikes on Buses

The Bikes on Buses program started on the Route 9 in 1996, providing a good north/south connection for cyclists. The program was initiated with assistance from Councillor Tooker Gomberg.

In 2002, expansion of the Bikes on Buses program was made possible by the generous donation of 23 bike racks from the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society; Alberta Ecotrust, Environment Canada and Health Canada provided funding to the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters. This expansion provided a good east/west connection for cyclists on Routes 1 and 4.

In 2006, bike racks became standard equipment on all newly ordered buses, adding routes 8, 30, 32, 82, 111, 139 and 180. The final push to retrofit all full sized and articulated buses began in 2012. On March 1, 2014, all full sized ETS buses were equipped with bike racks.

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