Bring your Bike on Madison Metro Transit

Madison Metro LogoGet the most out of your commute or for a great way to get out to a bike path farther away. All Madison Metro buses are equipped with bike racks and you can put your bike on for your commute or to a fun weekend ride.

Here are some tips to taking your bicycle on the bus.

Due to safety reasons, all bikes must be transported on these racks. Bikes are not allowed inside the bus.


Waiting to board

  • As the bus approaches, have your bike ready to load
  • Remove any items that could fall off (bike pump, water bottle, etc.)
  • Always approach the bus from the curb side.
  • Tell the bus driver that you are loading a bike.

Loading your bike

  • Squeeze the handle and pull down to release folded bike rack.
  • Lift bike onto the rack, putting the front and rear wheels in the marked slots. Load the rack nearest the bus first. The front wheel of the bike closest to the bus should face curbside. The front wheel of the second bicycle must face the bus driver’s side.
  • Raise the support arm, as far up on the wheel as you can. Make sure it is resting on the front tire, not on the fender or frame.

Unloading your bike

  • Tell the driver you need to unload your bike. 
  • Move the support arm down and lift out your bike.
  • Please fold up the rack if it is empty.

Rules of the rack

  • For safety reasons, the driver cannot get off the bus to assist you. 
  • Bike racks are first come, first served.
  • Each bus can carry two bikes.
  • There is no additional fare for using the bike rack.
  • Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult to load and unload bikes.

For more information, you can also visit the Metro Administration Facility (1245 E. Washington Ave.) and learn how to use the bike racks before you travel. Contact Metro’s customer service center to set up an appointment at 608-266-4466 or You can also watch a video here.