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Bikes on Transit

You can take your bike almost everywhere with you: on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express. Electric and folding bicycles are also allowed on the system now (with some restrictions).


Bike Parking

TransLink is proud to offer multiple transportation options to help people get where they need to go. For those that prefer cycling, three different types of bike parking are available at SkyTrain stations, bus exchanges, and West Coast Express stations throughout Metro Vancouver.

  • Bike Parkades: Indoor facility for registered customers with multiple bike racks inside. Available at Main Street–Science World, King Edward, Commercial–Broadway, Joyce–Collingwood, Metrotown, and King George stations.

  • Bike Lockers: Reserved locker for your bike. Available at most SkyTrain stations and some bus exchanges.

  • Bike Racks: Standard outdoor racks for locking your bike up. Available at all SkyTrain stations and most bus exchanges.


Bike Parkades

Located at Main Street–Science World, King Edward, Commercial–Broadway, Joyce–Collingwood, Metrotown, and King George SkyTrain stations, Bike Parkades are indoor parking facilities where customers can lock up their bike for the day.

  • The glass-walled facilities are lit 24 hours per day and are equipped with video cameras.

  • Convenient access 7 days a week.

  • Only customers who enroll to use Bike Parkades can access the facilities.

  • It costs $1/day, with fees capped at $8/month.

  • Space is first-come, first-served.

 

How to Enroll

To gain access to the Bike Parkades follow these easy steps to enroll online:

Step 1

If you don't already have one, get a Compass Card.

Step 3

At the bottom of the “My Cards” tab under “My Programs,” enroll in Bike Parkade.


Bike Parkade Locations

 

When you enroll, your credit card will be charged $8, which will be added as Stored Value to your Compass Card. You can use it to pay for transit trips or Bike Parkade usage.

It costs $1/day to use our Bike Parkade facilities, with fees capped at $8/month. You can use one facility multiple times per day without incurring a new charge. If you use more than one facility, there will be a $1/day charge for each facility.

Don't forget to bring a lock. The parkades don't have any, and we're not responsible for lost or stolen bikes or personal belongings.

 

Important: If your Compass Card has a negative balance, the Bike Parkade door won't open and you won't be able to drop off or retrieve your bike, even if you've already paid for your daily usage or reached your monthly fee cap. The best way to make sure you can always get into a Bike Parkade is to set up AutoLoad to ensure your card always has a positive balance. By signing up for AutoLoad on compasscard.ca, you can set automatic top-ups, so you never have to worry about reloading your card.

You can cancel your enrollment on compasscard.ca, by phone or by visiting our customer service centre. If you decide to re-enroll at a later time, your credit card will be charged another $8 for enrollment, which will be added to your Compass Card as Stored Value.

Bike Parkades are accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You can leave your bike overnight, but please note that midnight (12:00 a.m.) is the start of a new day and as a result, customers who leave bikes overnight and retrieve them another day will incur a new daily charge of $1.

Rules & Regulations

  1. Lock your bike to an unoccupied designated rack space. Bikes weighing over 18 kg (40 lbs) must use bottom racks.

  2. TransLink reserves the right to remove your bike if it is not locked to a designated rack at all times.

  3. Do not allow entry to any unauthorized persons. Ensure that the door completely closes behind you when entering/exiting the Bike Parkade.

  4. Long term bicycle storage is not permitted.

  5. Storage of personal possessions, perishable items, or hazardous or combustible materials in the Bike Parkade is prohibited.

  6. You are responsible for any damage to the Bike Parkade caused by you or your use.

  7. Report any damage, security, or maintenance issues to the appropriate authorities listed below.

  8. Neither TransLink nor its operating subsidiaries are responsible for theft, loss, removal, or damage to any items stored in the Bike Parkade.

 

Bike Parkade Information Posters


We've partnered with HUB Cycling, Mobi by Shaw Go, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), Project 529, Modacity, and Cowlines to help you #BiketoTransit.

Mobi is offering a 50% off of a Day Pass so you can cycle for part of your commute. Use promo code biketotransit to redeem 50% off a 24 hour pass at mobibikes.ca and get cycling!

Attending an event and want to combine your trip with transit? Find out if BEST's Bicycle Valet is present and park your bike worry-free.


You don't have to leave your bike at home — the entire TransLink bus fleet is equipped with bike racks. Folding bikes are also allowed on board when folded. Combining cycling and taking the bus is a great way to get around while making sustainability a part of your lifestyle.

Cost

There is no additional cost to take your bike on a bus or Community Shuttle. It's free!

Capacity

Maximum of two bikes per bus.

Times Allowed

Bikes are allowed on buses and Community Shuttles during operational hours. Sometimes, on some of the busier routes, you may find that the racks are fully occupied. If this is the case, just wait until the next bus comes along. You can also use the Trip Planner, or call customer service at 604.953.3333, to explore other route options.

Restrictions

  • For operational safety reasons, Community Shuttles require bikes to be put inside the bus during non-daylight hours.

  • To fit in the rack, bikes must have a minimum of a 40 cm (16 in) diameter wheel.

  • Motor-assisted bikes of any kind, including electric bikes, are not permitted.

  • Bikes must weigh less than 22 kg (50 lbs) to use the rack.

  • Children's bikes are not allowed on board buses.

 

Loading and Unloading Your Bike

Nervous about using the bike rack for the first time in traffic?

Practice with your bike at one of our Rack and Ride demo-stations! The demo-stations are available at two locations: Main Street-Science World Station in Vancouver, and City of North Vancouver's City Hall Plaza.

Here's how to load and unload your bike:

  • Before the bus arrives, remove loose items such as water bottles, pumps, and panniers.

  • Tell the driver you want to load your bike, and then lower the bike rack by pulling on the handle.

  • Lift your bike onto the rack. If no other bike is on the rack, place your bike in the slot closest to the bus.

  • Lift the support arm up and over the front tire. On newer racks you might have to push the black button at the end of the support arm in order to release the ratchet mechanism.

  • Sit at the front of the bus and keep an eye on your bike.

  • When leaving the bus, please tell the driver that you need to remove your bike. Exit from the front door.

  • Remove your bike and raise the rack to the upright position if it's empty.

  • Slip-covers are recommended for folding bikes.

 

 

Play it Safe

  • Always load and unload on the curb side of the street. Don't step into oncoming traffic.

  • Never use a personal lock and/or chain to secure your bike to the bus rack. For increased security, you may want to lock together your bike frame and one of the bike's wheels. (Please put the lock on before the bus arrives).

  • When you remove your bike, remember to put the rack back into the upright position if it's empty. Bus drivers can't see an empty rack.

  • You're responsible for properly loading and unloading your bike. Neither TransLink nor its operating subsidiaries are liable for any property damage or bodily harm caused by the loading and unloading of bikes.

Take your bike on the SeaBus and cross the Burrard Inlet without the hassle of bridges or traffic; electric and folding bikes are also allowed on board. It's fast, easy and gives you a scenic ride over the water too.

Cost

There is no additional cost to take your bike on SeaBus. It’s free.

Capacity

Maximum of six bikes per sailing during rush hours.

Times Allowed

Bicycles are allowed on board the SeaBus at all hours.

Restrictions

  • Bikes with trailers of any kind are not permitted.

  • Bikes must be less than 185 centimeters (73 inches) long.

  • Trailers or other obtrusive attachments are not allowed.

  • Bicycles are not allowed on escalators.

  • Two-wheeled electric and gas-powered scooters are not permitted.

Play it Safe

  • Dismount at all times in stations, platforms, elevators, stairs and on board. You must not ride your bicycle anywhere inside stations or on the SeaBus.

  • When boarding or leaving the SeaBus, use caution to avoid bumping into other passengers. Please be courteous and allow other passengers to board and exit the SeaBus first.

  • Give priority to wheelchairs, scooters, baby carriages and passengers with service animals such as guide dogs.

  • Hold on to your bike at all times while on board and in stations.

  • While on board remain near the doorway and keep the aisles free.

  • Bicycles must be clean and have no projections that might damage the SeaBus or injure other passengers.

  • Slip-covers are recommended for folding bikes.

Taking your bike on SkyTrain makes it easy to bike all over Metro Vancouver. Many types of bikes, electric and folding bikes, are allowed on board. While this can allow you to travel more conveniently with your bike, there are only a few restrictions about when you can take your bike on the SkyTrain, so check for details below.

 

Cost

There are no additional fees for taking your bike on the SkyTrain.

 

Train Car Capacity

Capacity is limited by which line you are on. Please be mindful that taking your bike on transit during rush hour times will also limit the capacity.

Canada Line: Maximum of one bike per car.
Expo & Millennium Lines: Maximum of two bikes per car.
Always board through a door not occupied by large crowds.

 

Times Allowed

Canada Line: All hours in all directions.*

*While bikes are allowed on the Canada Line all the time, remember that you may not be able to load your bike during peak "rush" hours.

 

Expo Line: All hours except during the following:

Time Restricted Direction

Morning
7 to 9 a.m.
Mon. to Fri.

When travelling towards downtown Vancouver; from Columbia and King George stations towards Waterfront Station.

Evening
4 to 6 p.m.
Mon. to Fri.

When travelling away from downtown Vancouver; from Waterfront Station towards Columbia and King George stations.

At this time, bikes are allowed at all times between Production Way–University and Columbia stations on the Expo Line only (subject to change based on traffic volumes).

 

Millennium Line: All hours except during the following:

Time Restricted Direction

Morning
7 to 9 a.m.
Mon. to Fri.

When travelling towards Vancouver; from Lafarge Lake–Douglas and Lougheed stations towards VCC–Clark Station;

Evening
4 to 6 p.m.
Mon. to Fri.

When travelling away from Vancouver; from VCC–Clark Station towards Lougheed and Lafarge Lake–Douglas stations.

 

SkyTrain staff may, at any time, direct customers with bikes to refrain from boarding trains with their bikes during heavy crowding conditions and ask that they wait until crowds subside.

 

Additional Restrictions

  • Bikes with trailers of any kind are not permitted.

  • Bikes are not allowed on escalators. Please use the elevators or stairwells.

  • Bikes must be less than 185 cm (73 in) long.

  • Two-wheeled electric and gas-powered scooters are not permitted.

 

Play it Safe

  • Dismount at all times in stations, platforms, elevators, stairs, and on board. You must not ride your bicycle anywhere inside stations or trains.

  • When boarding or leaving SkyTrain, use caution to avoid bumping into other passengers. Please be courteous and allow other passengers to board and exit the SkyTrain first.

  • Give priority to wheelchairs, scooters, baby carriages, and passengers with service animals such as guide dogs.

  • Hold on to your bike at all times while on trains and in stations.

  • While on board remain near the doorway and keep the aisles free.

  • Bicycles must be clean and have no projections that might damage SkyTrain cars or injure other passengers.

  • Slip-covers are recommended for folding bikes.

Bringing your bike, including folding or electric bikes, on West Coast Express (WCE) lets you travel long distances, yet still be able to use your bike when you arrive at your destination. It's great for commuters whose workplace or home is not within walking distance of WCE stations. You can leave your car behind, go green, get fit and get to work.

 

Capacity

Maximum two bikes per car.

 

Times Allowed

Bicycles are allowed on WCE at all hours.

 

Restrictions

  • Bikes with trailers of any kind are not permitted.

  • West Coast Express reserves the right to limit the number of bicycles travelling together and it is solely at their discretion to limit any trailers or attachments.

  • Two-wheeled electric and gas-powered scooters are not permitted.



Play it Safe

  • Dismount at all times in stations, platforms, elevators, stairs and on board. You must not ride your bicycle anywhere on the trains, platforms, stations or at bus loops.

  • When boarding or leaving the train, use caution to avoid bumping into other passengers. Please be courteous and allow other passengers to board and exit the train first.

  • Give priority to wheelchairs, scooters, baby carriages and passengers with service animals such as guide dogs.

  • Hold on to your bike at all times while on trains and in stations.

  • WCE staff may require cyclists to relocate or board an alternate train.

  • Bicycles must be clean and have no projections that might damage the train or injure other passengers.

  • Slip-covers are recommended for folding bikes.


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