Bike & Bus Commuting

Bike racks are available on all CU buses to encourage bike and bus commuting.  The racks are easy to use and will only take a few moments to load a bicycle.

Bicycle Routes

Take designated bike routes and greenways trails to avoid traffic. Visit the City of Springfield and Ozark Greenways’ websites for more information on safe bicycle routes and trails.

Loading Bikes
Lowering the bus bike rack
Lifting bicycle into the bus bike rack
Securing bicycle into the bus bike rack

Prepare your bike for loading.  Remove water bottles, pumps and other loose items that could fall off while the bus is in motion.

Inform the bus driver that you will be loading your bike. You must load your bike from the curb or in front of the bus. Do not step into oncoming traffic to load your bike.

Squeeze handle up to release latch, then fold down the bike rack.  You only need to use one hand to unlatch and pull the bike rack down, so you can hold your bike with your other hand. It is not necessary to lean your bike against the bus.

Lift your bike onto the bike rack, fitting wheels into labeled wheel slots.  Each wheel slot is clearly labeled for the front wheel. (NOTE:  The rack operates properly even if a bicycle is loaded in the wrong direction.)  The purpose of the directional placement is to make the bike nearest the bus easier to unload.

The rack MUST be used with the support arm.  Raise the support arm up and over the front tire so that the hook rests at the highest point on the front wheel.  The support arm adds lateral support for the loaded bicycle.

Board the bus and enjoy the ride! Choose a seat near the front of the bus to keep an eye on your bike. DON’T FORGET you have a bike with you when you get off at your stop.

Unloading Bikes
Unloading the bike from the bus rack

Inform the bus driver that you will be unloading your bike as you approach your stop. Use the front door to exit the bus. Unload your bike from in front of the bus or from the curb, not from the street side.

Raise the support arm off t
he tire
; it automatically folds down to a secure position.   Lift your bike out of the bike rack.

Squeeze the handle and fold up the Bike-Rack-for-Buses if there are no bikes on the rack and no one else is waiting to load a bike. The bike rack locks in place with a snap so you know that it is secure.

Step away from the bus with your bike. Always step to the curb, for your own safety and to allow the bus to proceed onward.

The rack MUST be used with the support arm.  Raise the support arm up and over the front tire so that the hook rests at the highest point on the front wheel.  The support arm adds lateral support for the loaded bicycle.