Swift rider loading onboard bike rack

We make it easy to combine biking and transit

You can leave your bike at one of the many park & ride bike racks or lockers or bring it with you on the bus. Bikes are a great way to get to or from a bus stop or to meet a carpool or Vanpool. Every bus and train in the Puget Sound region is equipped with a bike rack. Vanpool vans can be equipped with racks on request. Bikes travel free on public transportation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Take your bike on the bus!

Every Community Transit bus has a bike rack. Bike racks are on the front of most buses; on Swift bus rapid transit, racks are inside the bus. It is your responsibility to load and unload your bicycle; the bus driver cannot assist you. Cyclists assume all responsibility for any damage and/or injury that occurs as a result of using the bike racks. Bikes may be loaded or unloaded at any bus stop, including in Downtown Seattle.

The front bike rack holds most two-wheeled bicycles with 16-inch or larger diameter wheels. Bikes with child carriers or no-spoke wheels cannot be put on the rack, and some bikes with wide handlebars or long wheelbases won't fit. Mopeds and scooters are not allowed.

How to use our bike racks

Bike rack basics
  • Before the bus arrives, remove loose items from your bike like water bottles, bike helmets, or pumps. Be aware of how baskets and accessories on your bike may block driver views and remove them if possible.
  • Wait until the bus stops and make sure the driver sees you before stepping in front of the bus.
  • Unlatch the bike rack at the center handle and fold it down toward you.
  • Load your bike into the slots labeled for front and rear wheel. If there are no other bikes on board, load your bike in the front slots with the front wheel towards traffic.
  • Raise the spring-loaded support arm over the front tire to secure the bike. Make sure the arm rests on the tire as close to the frame as possible without touching the fender or frame.
  • Sit near the front of the bus and watch your bike. Community Transit is not responsible for lost or stolen bicycles. For added security, you may lock your wheel to the bike frame, but never lock your bike to the rack.
  • At your stop, remind the driver you need to unload your bicycle and exit at the front door.
  • Remove the support arm and lift your bike off the rack. If there are no other bikes on board, please fold up the bike rack.
  • Move onto the sidewalk or shoulder and wait for the bus to pass before heading on your way.
Bike rack basics on Swift buses
  • To load your bike on Swift, enter through the rear door and simply push your bike onto the rack in front of you. Make sure that your front wheel is centered and secure under the roller.
  • To remove your bike, pull back firmly and exit with your bike through the rear door.
  • Bike racks on Swift fit standard bikes with wheels from 20-29" in diameter and tires up to 3" wide. Items that extend to the side or rear may need to be removed to keep the aisle clear and allow other bikes to be loaded.
When the bike rack is full
  • If the rack is full, bikes may be allowed on board the bus if the driver determines it is safe.
  • If a driver allows a bike on board, it must be held securely by the bicycle owner at all times and must not block the aisle. Once a bike is secured inside the bus, it should remain there unless otherwise directed by the driver. Bikes that would not otherwise be permitted on the bike rack and excessively dirty bikes are not allowed inside buses.
  • If there is no space for your bike on the bus, you may quickly lock your bike at the stop, wait for the next bus, or ride towards your destination. You might also want to consider renting an on-demand bike locker at a Community Transit Park & Ride.
Forget your bike on the bus?

It might be at our Lost & Found.

Bicycles and other found items are turned into Community Transit's Ride Store. To claim a lost bike, call the Ride Store at (425) 348-2350. Due to space limitations, bikes are only held for 10 days.

The Ride Store has temporarily moved to a new location across from Ash Way Park & Ride at 16108 Ash Way, Suite 104 in Lynnwood. It is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Plan a trip to the Ride Store