Bikes on our network
Ottawa has a vast network of multi-use pathways for cycling, running, and walking. Most stations connect directly to a pathway. Other stations are located within a short walk of a path or trail. Signs and maps at each station direct you to nearby paths.
- Use the City of Ottawa's Cycling Map and tools to plan the cycling part of your route.
- Use the Travel Planner to plan the transit part of your route.
Gas-powered bikes are not allowed on OC Transpo vehicles.
Bikes on buses
Rack & Roll program
Rack & Roll wraps up for the year
We have started removing the bike racks from the buses. We can no longer guarantee that any routes will have bike racks.
What is Rack & Roll?
The Rack & Roll program combines biking and transit with ease. Every year from spring to fall, all OC Transpo buses are equipped with a bike rack. Bicycle racks do not accommodate fat tire bikes, only tire widths of up to 2.3 inches.
The Rack & Roll program combines biking and transit with ease. Every year from spring to fall, more than 600 buses are equipped with a bike rack.
Short, comfortable and convenient cycling routes connect you to many stations and Park & Ride lots across Ottawa – including stations along Line 1.
To plan a trip using only routes with a bike rack or the O-Train, turn on the “Rack & Roll” option in the Travel Planner.
How to use a bike rack
Loading your bike
Before the bus arrives, get your bike ready for loading and remove any loose items. Indicate to the operator that you will be loading your bike.
- If the rack is closed, hold onto your bike with one hand and with your other hand, squeeze handle up to release latch, then lower rack.
- Lift your bike onto the rack and place the wheels in the wheel wells. Bicycle racks do not accommodate fat tire bikes, only tire widths of up to 2.3 inches.
- Raise the support arm over your tires as high as it will go, but not over the frame or fender.
You are responsible to secure your bike properly. For safety reasons, operators cannot leave the bus to assist you.
Unloading your bike
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.
Tips & helpful links
- For your safety, load and unload your bike from the front, or from the curb side of the bus.
- Load and unload your bike as quickly as possible.
- If someone wants to remove their bike, let them go first before you load your bike.
- Only non-motorized, two-wheeled bikes are allowed.
- OC Transpo personnel may refuse access to cyclists due to unsafe conditions. OC Transpo is not responsible for damages incurred or caused by or to bicycles, or for lost or stolen bicycles.
Follow the guidance of your operator. They know how to best support the safe movement of the passengers in the bus.
- Completely fold your bike before boarding
- Place your bike in one of the spaces for persons with mobility devices. These are the fold-up or flip-down seats at the front of the bus. Look for the Cooperative Seating logo.
If these seats are full, place your folded bike in the aisle. Make sure your bike doesn’t prevent other customers from safely moving through the bus.
- Be prepared to move if someone needs the space. Cooperative seating gives priority to customers who have a hard time standing in a moving vehicle or those who need to sit close to the entrance.
Bikes on the O-Train
You can bring your bicycle on board O-Train Line 1 and 2 all year round.
When boarding, go to the bicycle boarding zone located at the first car of the train. Bicycle boarding zones are marked on the platform with a green floor decal.
Once on the train, ride with your bike in the Cooperative Seating area.
Hold onto your bike or use the kickstand to prevent it from falling over during your trip.
Bikes at stations
Many O-Train and transit stations have nearby cycling connections. Within Line 1 stations, follow the multi-use pathway symbol to reach the trails.
Stations are designed to make walking your bike from the entrance to the bus or train platform easier:
- Sheltered bicycle parking nearby the station entrance
- Wider fare gates at the end of each row
- Runnels to walk your bike up and down the stairs
- Elevators with enough space for bicycles and mobility devices
Bikesecure is a paid service that provides customers with a reserved parking spot in a shelter that protects their bikes against theft, vandalism and bad weather. These shelters are secured with glass walls, a door, and 24‑hour video surveillance.
Bikesecure parking spots are available at four OC Transpo stations:
Bicycle repair stations
Minor bike repairs, such as pumping air into your tires, can be performed at bicycle repair stations. Bike repair stations are located within sheltered parking spots to protect you and your bike against the elements.
Bicycle repair stations are available at some OC Transpo stations:
- Place d’Orléans
OC Transpo worked with Safer Roads Ottawa to find the best locations for bike repair stations.