Bike racks on buses pilot program launches

full bike rack

bike rack on the front of a bus

Peterborough, ON - Today, Peterborough Transit launched a pilot program with racks for bicycles installed on the front of a limited number of buses. Cyclists using Peterborough Transit are welcome to mount their bikes on these new bike racks, which will provide more options and flexibility to travel to their destinations. The bicycle rack pilot program will be used on trips on routes number 4, 5 and 8.

Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling organization, recommended bike racks on buses in 2019 when the City was recognized with the Silver Bicycle Friendly Community status. Limited space at Peterborough Transit facilities have posed a challenge to accommodating the bike racks on the front of buses, which are similar to those that GO Transit buses have had for a few years. By starting with the pilot program, Peterborough Transit can work to address some operational challenges of putting bike racks on buses, including how to accommodate the racks at the Transit Terminal and in the repair bays.

WildRock Outfitters, an outdoor equipment store at 169 Charlotte St., is sponsoring the bike racks. A long-time supporter of local cycling initiatives, over the last 15 years WildRock Outfitters has been involved with Shifting Gears, hosted bike swaps and assisted in the development of the Peterborough & the Kawarthas cycling routes and map. WildRock Outfitters is a past recipient of the Retailer with Heart recognition award from Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

"Wild Rock is very pleased to sponsor the City bus bike racks. Anything that helps get people out of cars and onto bikes is good for the people, the planet and the parking,” said Scott Murison, Co-Pilot at Wild Rock Outfitters Inc.  

Councillor Kemi Akapo, Chair of Transportation, is pleased to see this multi-modal project launch. “This is an important new service offered by Peterborough Transit. Bike racks on buses, enable people to get between one place and another more easily using different types of transportation. This is the way of the future, making sustainable, lower carbon transportation options more convenient and attractive.”

“Bike racks on buses are helpful to cyclists who may need to take transit for part of their trip or who prefer to take the bus one way and cycle the other. Access to transit services with a bicycle are appreciated in many circumstances, but especially when there is a drastic change in weather, to avoid difficult portions of bike routes or to avoid riding after dark in unlit areas,” said Co-Chair of Transportation Councillor Don Vassiliadis.

How to use bike racks on buses

Passengers are responsible for loading, securing and unloading their bikes without the assistance of the transit operator. Instructions for how to use the bike racks are on-line at peterborough.ca/transit and are printed on the bike racks. The following guidelines apply:

  • there is no additional charge for bikes on Peterborough Transit buses
  • space is available for 2 bicycles on each bus rack, on a first come, first serve basis
  • bike racks fit regular-sized bicycles with a minimum wheel size of 16”
  • fat bikes and scooter-style bicycles are not compatible with the racks
  • all detachable items must be removed from bicycles, such as bike bags, water bottles and bike helmets

The pilot program will be used to determine what needs to be in place to expand the roll out the program and to gauge demand for this service.

For more information, please contact Laurie Stratton, Manager of Transit Operations by email lstratton@peterborough.ca or leave a message at 705-742-7777 ext. 2895.

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Sharron Hayton, Customer Service Coordinator

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1868