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In the UK I have never seen a public bus system that allows you to take a (non-folding) bike on the bus. (There are long distance coaches that do allow bikes, however I am asking about local busses.)

I know that some other places have buses with bike racks.

  • Where are the buses that have bike racks?
  • How common is it for buses to have bike racks?

In summary:

On some UK buses you may be able to put a single bike in the wheelchair space, ask the driver nicely.

In the US there seems to be lots of buses with bike racks on the front or back. Mostly these racks can take no more than two bikes. I was not expecting the land of the car too have better provision then the UK!

No where can you depend on being able to put your bike on a bus (due to lack of space).

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Converted to wiki. One area per answer, please. – Neil Fein Oct 15 '10 at 19:01
@neilfein: One system per answer, or maybe one area per answer? The San Francisco bay area has something like 40 overlapping systems and I wouldn't really want to see one entry for each of those, so I made a single entry for all of them. – freiheit Oct 15 '10 at 20:12
Why take a local bus when you have a bike? – jilles de wit Oct 16 '10 at 23:04
@jillesdewit to get to your LBS with a broken bike! – dieKleene Sep 27 '13 at 18:28

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Dresden, Germany

Public transport is great for bikes here. You can take your bike on any bus, train, or tram. However, you do have to purchase a concession ticket for the bike.

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In Toronto, buses have a fold-down rack on the front (outside) which will fit two bikes.

The racks are usually empty.

I've used them occasionally (e.g. for a flat tire).

You can takes bikes into the subway ("Underground") system too, but not during weekday rush-hours (06:30-09:30 and 15:30-18:30).

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Stockholm, Sweden

Bicycles are allowed in commuter trains except during peak hours (6-9 and 15-18). Getting in and out trains with a bike is not allowed at Stockholm C and Arlanda C.

Bicycles are not allowed in busses and in the underground network.

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Urbana/Champaign/(Parts of) Savoy, Illinois, USA

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has almost all buses which can take 2 bikes in the front. The rules are here.

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Madison, Wisconsin

All Madison Metro buses have bike racks that hold two bikes. Tell the driver as you leave the bus that you'll be taking your bike off.

Bikes are not allowed inside the bus.

More info:

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Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota, USA) has a bike rack for two bikes on all buses. If the rack is full, the driver may give permission to bring your bike inside the bus. The bike racks are used pretty frequently: it's not unusual at all to see a bus with a bike or two on the front.

To quote from above (as of August 2014 -- note that the trains are included):

All Metro Transit buses and trains have bike racks so you can pedal for part of your trip and ride for the rest. Every bus has a bike rack on the front bumper that accommodates two bikes. There are four bike racks inside each light-rail car and spaces for two bikes on every Northstar train car. In addition, there are bike racks and lockers at most stations.

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RTP area of North Carolina, USA

Most of the buses that I've seen in RTP area of North Carolina seem to have them. I've carried my bike on the Raleigh Durham Express bus several times.

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