Since more cities are becoming bicycle conscious, bicyclists in some urban areas have the option of placing their bike on a bus rack before the rider pays the fare and enters the bus. Cyclists will find the bike rack attached to the front bumper of the bus. It is important to unhinge the bus rack and the load the bicycle quickly so as not to hold up the efficiency of the bus operator.
Tips & Warnings
Make sure the driver is aware of your presence before you walk in front of the bus.
The bus driver is not obligated to exit the bus to help with the bike. In fact, he is probably prohibited from doing so by the bus company.
Make sure the hooking device wraps around the front tire.
If the rack is empty, place your bike at the rear of the rack.
You are responsible if the bike is not securely fitted into the bike rack.
If a bike rack is full, you will most likely have to wait for the next bus to be able to load your bicycle onto the bus rack. This means it is best to avoid riding the last run of the day if you are going to be loading your bike onto the rack.
When you exit the bus always inform the driver that you need to remove your bicycle.
If the rack is empty after you remove your bike, you must raise the rack to the vertical position and make sure it is latched into place.
Article Written By Henri Bauholz
Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.