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Cycling and transit

Cycling and transit

It's easy to make public transit part of your cycle commute with OC Transpo.

Rack and Roll

OC Transpo’s Rack and Roll service lets you take your bike with you on the bus. 

  • More than 600 buses are equipped with a bike rack, including all those on routes 12, 61, 62, 85, 88, 91, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 101 & 106.            
  • Bikes can also be transported year-round on the O-Train Trillium Line.

Bus racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the rack is full, please wait for the next bus. There's no cost to use the rack, just your usual transit fare.

Rack & Roll racks are available on buses from mid-April to October 31. However, bicycles can be brought on the O-Train year-round. Groups can request a Rack and Roll bus to come to your school, workplace or meeting. Contact OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 to book a demonstration.

Loading

  • Before the bus arrives, get your bike ready for loading.
  • Remove any loose items such as water bottles.
  • Indicate to the operator that you will be loading your bicycle.
  • If the rack is closed, hold onto your bike with one hand and use your other hand to squeeze the handle up to release the latch, then lower the rack.
  • Lift your bike onto the rack and place the wheels in the wheel wells.
  • Raise the support arm over your front tire as high as it will go, but not over the frame or fender.

Unloading

  • Before you reach your stop, tell the operator you will be unloading your bike, then exit by the front door.
  • Raise the support arm off the tire.
  • Lift your bike from the rack.
  • If the rack is empty, fold up the rack until it locks in place before you step away from the bus.
  • Step away from the bus and signal to the operator that you are clear of the bus.

Rack and Roll on the O-Train

Ottawa's light rail train has a designated area at the end of the train for cyclists to park their bicycles. It's easy to bring your bike on board. Just look for the door with the bicycle symbol and wheel across the platform and through the door.

Bike and Ride

OC Transpo's Bike and Ride program allows you to combine the speed of the Transitway with the health and environmental benefits of cycling. Bicycle racks have been installed at O-Train stations and most Transitway stations. Most of these stations are accessible by mixed-use pathways or local streets and provide rapid transit service to downtown and across the city.