Bicycles improve multi-modal mobility by building connectivity between walking, public transit, and other transportation modes for regional and local travel. Specifically, bicycles provide a first-last mile solution for people taking transit, fostering bus-bike and train-bike connectivity for people of all ages and abilities. Folding bicycles with wheels 20 inches or smaller can be brought on board all transit. This connection between bicycles and transit is key to making door to door trips for individuals who do not have the ability, option, or desire to drive a motor vehicle.
Bicycle parking and amenities at transit stations encourage increased bicycle mode-share, mitigating congestion for those who still need to drive by reducing the number of cars on the streets and the amount of auto parking spaces needed. LADOT seeks to meet the need for bicycle amenities through a variety of programs including providing bicycle parking at transit stations and hubs, bike racks on LADOT Commuter Express buses, and piloting Bicycle Friendly Business Districts.
Bikes on Buses
LADOT Commuter Express & DASH Buses
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has a “Bikes on Buses” program, providing three bicycle racks on each LADOT Commuter Express bus and some LADOT DASH buses. The Bikes on Buses program makes it easy for you to bring your bicycle on your commute and finish your trip by bicycle. Just pay the regular fare and load your bicycle in the rack on the front of the bus for free. All the bike racks have simple instructions on how to load and unload your bicycle posted on them. For more information, call 213-808-2273 or visit LADOT Transit’s Bikes on Buses page.
Tips for Using Bus Bike Racks
- Wait for the bus on the curb.
- Get the driver’s attention before you load or unload your bike.
- Always load from the curbside of the street.
- Place your bike in the outside slot of the bike rack if empty.
- Be visible to the driver.
- Sit in the front of the bus and keep an eye on your bike.
- Use the front door when exiting.
- After unloading your bicycle, shift the empty rack into the upright position.
- Do not lock your bike to the rack.
- Do not leave equipment on the bike.
- If lost or forgot your bike on a LADOT Commuter Express bus, call 1(800) 684-5435 ext. 229 immediately. Be prepared to give the bus and route number, if possible.
Bike Parking and Transit
Parking at Metrolink Stations
The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) offers bicycle parking at Metrolink Park-and-Ride stations within the City. Inverted-U bicycle racks are available at many stations. Inverted-U racks support the bicycle at two points on the frame and accept a variety of bicycle locks including u-locks and all cables and chains. When parking a bicycle to any bicycle rack be sure to lock both wheels and the frame with the lock.
Parking at Metro Stations
Bike racks and lockers are available for use at select Metro stations. Bike racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge. You just have to supply your own lock to secure your bike to the rack.
Bike lockers are available for lease. Bike lockers are pre-reserved, key-operated, bicycle parking spaces. Once reserved, you can ride your bicycle up to the locker, roll the bicycle in, leaves your helmet and bicycle shoes inside, and lock the door. No additional locks or cables are needed. This type of bicycle parking is considered the best protection against bicycle theft. For more information or to reserve a locker, visit the Metro website.
Click here for map of Bike Lockers and Racks at Metro stations.
Bikes on Trains
Bikes on Metro Rail
Metro Rail welcomes people with bicycles on all trains. Metro Rail trains are often crowded, especially during rush hour, and space for bicycles is limited. Please follow Metro’s bicycle guidelines when bringing your bicycle on board for your safety and the safety of others. Folding bicycles are a good option if you are planning to travel during rush hour.
Additional information is available at Metro’s web site.
Bikes on Metrolink
Bikes are allowed on all Metrolink train cars. Bringing a bike on a train is simple, just pay your regular fare and secure your bicycle in the designated area. Each train car is designed to hold three bikes. Metrolink has also added Bike Cars to accommodate more bikes on select trains (see Metrolink site for list of trains). The lower levels of the Bike Cars are equipped with multiple stalls that are designed to hold three bikes each. Bike Cars are identified by a yellow “Bike Car” decal on the side of the train or bike train wrap. The special Bike Cars are designed to hold 18 bikes on the lower level.
For more information on bikes on Metrolink trains, visit the Metrolink website or call 213-808-LINK