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Bike-n-Ride

Transfort is Bicycle Friendly

Transfort provides more space for bicycles on transit vehicles than most transit providers. Find out how to ride the bus with your bike or leave your bike at transit stops and stations below.


Bike Accommodations at MAX Stations

MAX Bike Parking

Downtown MAX Bike Parking and STC Bike n' Ride Shelter

MAX riders are encouraged to ride their bicycles to MAX stations and use the ample bike parking available. Racks are located on and adjacent to stations. The Downtown MAX stations have custom bicycle racks, thanks to the UniverCity Connections Transit and Mobility task force.

Bike n' Ride Shelters are located at the STC, Mountain Station and University Station! Transfort and the City's Parking Services Department has two secure bicycle shelters; one at the South Transit Center and the other in the Downtown Civic Center Parking Structure on Laporte and Mason. Colorado State University offers bicycle parking permits to their secure bicycle shelter for CSU students and staff with an active RamCard. For more information on CSU's secure bike shelters visit CSU's Secure Bike Parking webpage.

Bike n' Ride shelters are intended to provide long-term, secure and weather protected bicycle storage for commuters making connections to and from local or regional transit routes. Transit riders now have the option to leave a bike at a secure shelter for the first, last or both legs of their commute, extending their transit trip to locations not directly served by transit. The structures are open-air with a roof, walls and a locked door to protect parked bicycles from theft, vandalism and the elements. Entry into the locked structure will be limited to members that sign up for the program.

  • Interested in being a member? Annual Membership for the City of Fort Collins' Bike n' Ride shelters is $20 plus a refundable $10 deposit. Sign-up at a Transit Center or call 221-6620 for more information.
  • Expansion plans in 2018! In 2018 Transfort will add a Bike n' Ride shelter at the Downtown Transit Center and integrate into Boulder County and RTD's network of Bike n' Ride shelters. Commuting by bike and bus has never been easier!

MAX

The larger, 60' MAX buses can hold four bicycles inside the bus. There is space for two standing and two hanging bicycles in racks at the rear of the bus. The smaller MAX buses can hold up to three bicycles on the front of the bus, and one in the space behind the driver.

How to use MAX bicycle racks:

  1. Please wait for passengers to step off the bus, and enter through the rear door.
  2. Load your bicycle in either a floor mounted rack or a vertical mount.
  3. To use a floor rack, use the rack nearest the inside wall if available. Push your front tire into the tire well, lift up the wheel hook and rotate over the front wheel. Push the rear of the bicycle out of the aisle.
  4. To use the vertical rack, lift the bicycle at an angle, and slide the front wheel over the hook. Ask for assistance from another passenger if you have trouble lifting your bicycle.
  5. Before your stop, prepare to unload your bicycle.
  6. Wait for other passengers to get off the bus before wheeling your bicycle off.

If there is no room on MAX for your bicycle, either lock it up at the bicycle rack located at the station, wait a few minutes until the next MAX bus arrives, or ride the nearby Mason trail.

MAX carries more bicycles than just about any other transit service. In many other communities, buses may allow up to three bicycles, may charge for transporting them, or may not allow them at all. Transfort has developed a system to carry the most bikes that can be parked safely inside the bus. If more bicycles were allowed inside the MAX buses, they would interfere with the safe loading and unloading of passengers, as bicycles would block the aisles. Also, certain areas are needed for wheelchairs.

Transfort will continue to seek innovative, safe ways to accommodate bicycles, and to provide bicycle racks at every MAX station.

In response to concerns over how bikes were being accommodated on MAX, Transfort Initiated a Community Conversation in 2014. View results of that effort here.


Other Transfort Buses

Other Transfort buses are equipped with racks that hold up to three bicycles. Racks are available on a first come, first serve basis. Only non-fuel-powered, two-wheeled adult and children’s bicycles weighing less than 55 pounds are allowed on the racks. Bicycles must be free of additional or oversized accessories and must not limit the driver’s visibility.

Electric-powered bicycles or “E Bikes” are allowed, as long as they meet the weight limit requirement. The battery pack may need to be removed to meet this limit.

If the bike rack is full, there is usually bicycle parking next to bus stops to accommodate your bicycle.

On FLEX regional service buses, bikes may be allowed inside of the bus if the operator deems there is enough room.


More Information

Bicycle parking is provided at most MAX stations and at many bus stops. Please park your bicycle in the designated racks. Bikes parked elsewhere in non-designated areas at transit stops are subject to removal.

Learn more about bicycling in Fort Collins at fcgov.com/bicycling.

Need to borrow a bicycle while in Fort Collins? Visit Zagster for more information.

Learn how to load your bike on a Transfort bus.