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About BIKE 'n' RIDE

BIKE 'n' RIDE has made combining a bike ride with your bus trip easy, environmentally friendly and a healthy way to get around the city.
This page provides information about bike racks on ACTION buses.

Most Blue Rapid and Red Rapid services are equipped with bike racks. Due to operational requirements, some buses on the rapid routes may not be fitted with bike racks.Some buses are fitted with bike racks

  • Passengers may use bike racks on other routes if available.
  • Each bike rack can hold two bikes and each bike can be loaded or unloaded without affecting each other.
  • Bikes are held firmly in place by spring-loaded clamps. Bikes do not touch each other or the bus, assuring safe, secure transport.
  • The racks are designed to accommodate two-wheel, single-seat bikes.
  • Children aged 13 or under must be assisted by an adult to load and unload the bike from the rack.

Rules and limitations

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  • Bicycle wheel size must be 20 inches (51 cm) or larger.
  • Most BMX, road bikes, hybrid bikes and mountain bikes can be used in the bike racks. Motorised cycles, tandems, tricycles, children's bikes and bikes with baskets, flags or baby seats are not permitted on the bike racks.
  • All loose items (e.g. water bottles, bags, bike pumps, helmets) must be taken off the bicycle before placing it on the rack.
  • The maximum width of the spring-loaded arm is 3 inches (7.5 cm). Bikes with front fenders, tyres wider than 3 inches (7.5 cm), front mounted horizontal racks or front mounted baskets will not fit.
  • Bike handlebars cannot extend more than 42 inches (105 cm) from the front of the bus.
  • Bicycles are not to be locked onto racks.
  • Bike racks are on a first come first served basis with a maximum of 2 bikes per bus. No queue jumping please.
  • For safety reasons the bus driver is not able to assist with the use of the bike rack and must remain seated in the cabin while the passenger is loading or unloading their bike.
  • If the bike rack is full, passengers may wait for the next Blue Rapid or Red Rapid service.
  • It is the rider's responsibility for loading, securing and removing the bike from the bike rack.

Loading and unloading your bike

Loading bike

Click on the link below for instructions on how to use the bus racks.


  • Always make eye contact with the driver when using ACTION bike racks.
  • Always stay visible to the driver.
  • Be aware of traffic around you.
  • Always load and unload your bike from the bus-stop side of the road.
  • Once the driver has closed the doors for departure, do not attempt to load your bike onto the rack.

The Fine Print

  • ACTION accepts no responsibility for bikes that are lost, stolen, damaged or left on a bike rack.
  • Customers use ACTION bike racks at their own risk.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I ride for free?
    Cyclists who use an ACTION bike rack pay a normal passenger fare to travel. It does not cost extra for use of the bike rack.
  • What size bike can I put on the bike racks?
    The bike racks are designed for bikes that have a minimum wheel size of 20 inches (51 cm) or larger. Motorised cycles, tandems, tricycles, children's bikes and bikes with baby seats and baskets are not permitted.
  • What if I arrive at a bus stop and there are already two people with bikes waiting, what do I do?
    The bike racks only have the capacity to carry two bikes at any one time. ACTION operates under a first in first served basis. No queue jumping please.
  • I arrived at my bus stop which is not a rapid route, but there is a bike rack at the front of the bus. Can I use the bike rack?
    Yes, passengers may use bike racks on other routes if available.

Fold up bikes on buses

Fold up bikes that are designed to be carried on public transport can be carried on ACTION buses. Conditions apply and are listed below. Please ensure you read all the conditions before you take your fold up bike on the bus.

  • Normal fares apply for passengers who bring a fold up bike onto the bus.
  • Fold up bikes must be designed to be carried on public transport. Improvised or non-standard bikes may not be carried onto an ACTION bus.
  • Fold up bikes must be secured in the folded position and placed in its manufactured carry bag or device prior to boarding the bus. Drivers are not required to wait for riders to fold and pack their bikes.
  • Fold up bikes must be placed in a manufactured carry bag or device that completely covers all parts of the bike. The bike must remain in the carry bag or device for the duration of the journey and only unpacked outside of the bus.
  • Drivers may refuse carriage of a fold up bike if they deem it to be an inconvenience or danger to someone else.
  • For safety reasons the bus driver is not able to assist with the carriage, loading or removal of a bike on or off the bus.
  • Bikes should be stored in the luggage rack or on the floor of the bus and not pose a danger or inconvenience to passengers.
  • Bikes should be stored in a manner that does not obstruct an aisle doorway or exit.
  • A passenger that brings a bike onto a bus does so at their own risk. ACTION is not liable for any damage, wear or tear that occurs to a bike as the result of its carriage aboard a bus.

The Government is building a brand new network of bike > park > ride cages, lockers and rails at bus stops and park and ride locations across Canberra.

Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map

The Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map shows on road cycle lanes, shared use paths, bike parking facilities and rapid bus routes.

To view the map follow this link Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map

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