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Bikes on our network

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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.

Bikes on buses

Rack & Roll program

Rack & Roll
season has ended

Bike racks on buses will return in the spring.

You can bring your bike on the O-Train year-round.

What is Rack & Roll?

Rack & Roll logo

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.

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.

Rack and Roll option in the Travel Planner.

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.

Rack and Roll option in the Travel Planner.

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.

A man lowers bike rack on front of a bus

  1. 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.

A man places his bike on the rack on the front of a bus

  1. Lift your bike onto the rack and place the wheels in the wheel wells.

A man secures his bike onto a rack

  1. 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.

  1. Raise the support arm off the tire.
  2. Lift your bike from the rack.
  3. If the rack is empty, fold up the rack until it locks in place before you step away from the bus.
  4. Step away from the bus and signal to the operator that you are clear of the bus.

Tips & helpful links

Tips
  • 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.
Helpful Links

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.

Customer holding her bicycle as she rides in the Cooperative Seating area of the O-Train.

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

Man placing his bicycle in a runnel to go down the staircase.

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:

  • Baseline
  • Bayshore
  • Dominion
  • Eagleson
  • Fallowfield
  • Greenboro
  • Place d’Orléans
  • St-Laurent
  • Strandherd
  • Westboro

OC Transpo worked with Safer Roads Ottawa to find the best locations for bike repair stations.