Bring your bike on light rail
We welcome bikes on all of our light rail trains, no permit necessary. Bikes are allowed on light rail at any time on a space-available basis and at designated doors only.
Loading your bike on light rail
- Load your bike at the front or rear entrance of the light rail vehicle; look for the bike symbol on the platform near the yellow safety strip.
- When the train arrives, please allow passengers to exit or board before loading your bike.
- Stand with your bike against the rear or front of the light rail vehicle. Please keep the doorway clear at all times.
- Be ready to exit immediately at your destination.
- Only two bikes are allowed per bike boarding area.
Rules for bikes on light rail
- Please stand with your bike and leave room for passengers.
- Boarding can be denied or you may be asked to de-board at any time due to overcrowding of either bicycles and/or passengers.
- Bicycles cannot be longer than 80 inches, higher than 48 inches or motorized. Fold-up bikes are permitted and subject to all other conditions.
- Bicycles that are excessively muddy, dirty, or greasy are prohibited.
- Bicycles may not inconvenience any light rail passenger boarding or de-boarding.
- Motorized bikes are not allowed on any light rail vehicle.
Roll with bikes on buses
Discover how easy it is to take your bike along for the ride. All buses are equipped with bike racks on the front of the bus, except for the 16th Street Free MallRide and Free MetroRide. Our easy-to-use bike racks can hold two bikes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Our bike racks can hold adult and child bikes and can accommodate tires up to 2.35 inches in width. RTD is not responsible for lost or stolen bikes or damage to bikes due to improper loading.
How to use bus bike racks
- Signal bus operator to let him or her know you want to load your bike.
- Release the rack by squeezing the center handle and slowly lower it down.
- Place front wheel on side labeled “front wheel.”
- Pull the support arm up and out and hook the arm securely over the top of the front wheel closest to the fork.
- Watch your bike from a seat near the front to ensure the bike's safety.
- Exit at the front door and tell the driver you are removing your bike
- If you are the last person to unload your bike, return rack to its upright position
- If the bicycle rack is full the bus operator will determine if your bike can be loaded either in luggage bins (on Regional and SkyRide buses) or inside the bus.
Rules for bikes on bus
- Bikes may be placed inside the bus at the sole discretion of the bus operator.
- If the bus bike rack is full, and the bus operator determines that the passenger load will be light enough to safely accommodate a bicycle throughout the trip, the driver may allow a bicycle inside the bus.
- If allowed to bring your bike on the bus, be prepared to comply with instructions from the bus operator as to where to locate your bike, and to requests to move it or to de-board the bus if the bus becomes full.
- Motorized bikes are not allowed on any bike rack or inside the baggage bins.
- Bikes can be loaded at all bus stops except those marked “Non-bicycle stop.”
- You must be able to lift the bike and place it on the rack yourself.
- You may not lock your bicycle to the rack on the front of a bus.
Tips for bringing bikes on Regional and SkyRide buses
- Always allow the bus operator to open and close the baggage bin doors.
- When the bus arrives, remain in line with your bike. Luggage and bikes will be loaded before the passengers board the bus.
- Load your bike as compactly as possible into the baggage bin. You may need to quick-release your front wheel.
- Once your bike is loaded, return to your place in line to board the bus.
Store your bike
Rent a bike locker
Are you a bus or light rail passenger who needs regular secure storage for your bike? Then rent one of our bike lockers located at most Park-n-Rides and stations. Each locker holds one bike and all your bike gear.Find bike locker locations
Each bike locker is $30 for a six-month lease with a one-time padlock fee of $20. First time renters need to turn in an initial lease agreement in person at the Boulder Transit Center, Civic Center Station, or Union Station Transit Center.
Bike locker lease agreements must be renewed every 6 months. To renew a lease, please download the bike locker lease agreement renewal form and submit it along with the $30 lease fee, at the above locations or send it to RTD, 1600 Blake Street, CSS, Denver, CO 80202.
If we do not have a renewal agreement on file by the 15th of the month following the expiration month, the padlock and any items found in the locker will be disposed of without further notice.
Park your bike
For your convenience, we offer bike trees and racks at many Park-n-Rides and stations. To use the bike tree, lift your bike and place the rim of the front wheel over the black horizontal peg located on the top bar of the rack. The bike frame and both wheels can be locked to the rack.
Please note: do not leave bicycle locks attached to bike racks without a bicycle as they may be removed without notice.
Bus, bike, or train, we love all kinds of alternative transportation. With RTD and Denver B-cycle, area residents can get from point A to point B without ever getting into a car.
Bike locker information
To learn more about bike locker rentals please stop by Boulder Transit Center, Civic Center Station, or Union Station Transit Center, or just pick up the phone and give us a call.
Contact the Bike-n-Ride program coordinator
We're here to make it easy to take your bike for a ride. Feel free to contact us with questions.