Bike and Bus

How to Use the Bike Racks

Loading Your Bike

Load your bike into the rack in the front of a StarTran Bus

  1. Prepare your bike for loading. Remove water bottles, pumps and other loose items that could fall off while the bus is in motion.
  2. Inform the bus driver that you will be loading your bike. You must load your bike from the curb or in front of the bus. Do not step into oncoming traffic to load your bike.
  3. Squeeze handle up to release latch, then fold down the bike rack. You only need to use one hand to unlatch and pull the bike rack down, so you can hold your bike with your other hand. It is not necessary to lean your bike against the bus. Have your bike ready as the bus approaches.
  4. Lift your bike onto the bike rack, fitting wheels into labeled wheel slots. Each wheel slot is clearly labeled for the front wheel. (Note: The rack operates properly even if a bicycle is loaded in the wrong direction.) The purpose of the directional placement is to make the bike nearest the bus easier to unload.
  5. Raise the support arm up and over the front tire so that the hook rests at the highest point on the front wheel. The support arm adds lateral support for the loaded bicycle. Many bikes will sit in the wheel well without the use of the support arm, but the rack must not be used without support arm in place.
  6. Board the bus and enjoy the ride! Choose a seat near the front of the bus to keep an eye on your bike. Don't forget you have a bike with you when you get off at your stop.

Unloading Bikes

Unload your bike from the rack in the front of a StarTran Bus

  1. Inform the bus driver that you will be unloading your bike as you approach your stop. Use the front door to exit the bus. Unload your bike from in front of the bus or from the curb, not from the street side.
  2. Raise the support arm off the tire. The support arm automatically folds down to a secure position.
  3. Lift your bike out of the bike rack.
  4. Squeeze the handle and fold up the bike rack if there are no bikes on the rack and no one else is waiting to load a bike. The bike rack locks in place with a snap so you know that it is secure.
  5. Step away from the bus with your bike. Always step to the curb, for your own safety and to allow the bus to proceed onward.

Important Things to Remember

Bike racks will carry most bikes. However, tandems, recumbent, mopeds and tricycles cannot be mounted.

StarTran bike racks are available year-round.

Need a place to park your bike downtown? Center Park Garage at 12th & "N" streets has secure bike storage. For more info contact Parking Services at 402-441-7275.

Rack Rules

Bike on a StarTran bus rack

Be prepared before the bus arrives. You are responsible for the loading and unloading of your bicycle. For safety reasons, the driver cannot leave the bus to assist you.

Racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the rack is full, you will need to wait for the next bus. Bikes are not allowed on the inside of StarTran buses.

If you are unable to secure your bike, please do not delay the bus.

All bikes 16" or larger fit easily and securely on the rack, even children's bikes. All bikes load in exactly the same way, quickly and easily. No motorized bikes are allowed on the racks.

All willing and able passengers are permitted to use the racks. Children age twelve (12) and younger may use the rack when accompanied by an adult.

StarTran is not responsible for bicycles or personal items lost or damaged while in transit. Unclaimed/abandoned bicycles can be retrieved from the Lincoln Police Department – City Impound Lot, 402-475-5757.

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