Rack it and Rocket!
The TTC and Ontario Ministry of Labour are working to resolve concerns related to sight lines on two bus vehicle types.
Bike racks on the Nova Articulated buses are not in use, affecting a limited number of bus routes. If there is room on the bus, you will be permitted to bring your bike on board.
- 7 Bathurst
- 29 Dufferin
- 53E Steeles East Express
- 85 Sheppard East
The second bus type, the Orion VII, have bike racks that remain in use, however a bus operator may ask that a large object be removed from the bike, as some accessories such as large baskets or child seats may impede visibility. If an obstructing item cannot be removed, the operator has the right to refuse use of the bike rack to ensure his or her sight lines are not impeded.
The TTC will communicate resolutions on this matter in the coming weeks.
Give Your Bike a Break!
The TTC Rack It and Rocket program has put bike racks on all TTC buses (except Community Buses) so that cyclists can take their bikes with them.
Bike racks can hold up to two bikes. The racks are easy to load and unload, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You pay your regular fare but your bike rides for free.
When Can You Use Them?
You can rack your bike any time of day. During off-peak periods (before 6:30 am; 10:00 am to 3:30 pm; after 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday inclusive), if the rack is full, the bus operator may allow you to bring your bike on board if space permits.
During peak periods, if the rack is full, you have to wait for the next bike rack equipped bus.
Who Can Use Them?
Everyone. Children 12 years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult in order to use the bike racks.
What Bikes Can be Loaded?
Conventional two-wheeled bicycles are allowed on bike racks (wheels at least 41 cm [16 inches]). Tricycles and motorized bicycles are not permitted, nor are bikes with child carriers or trailers.
TTC personnel may refuse cyclists access to the bike rack due to unsafe conditions, or for any other reason, at the TTC’s discretion. The sole responsibility for properly securing the bike rests with the cyclist. The TTC is not responsible for damages directly or indirectly incurred or caused by or to bicycles, to any person or property, or for lost or stolen bicycles.
How to Load
- Bikes to be loaded onto the rack from the curb side.
- Bikes are not to be locked to the bike rack or bus.
- The bike’s front wheel may be locked to the bike frame before the bus arrives.
- You cannot ride your bike on any roadway within subway stations.
- To unload your bike, raise the support arm off the tire and move it down and out of the way.
- Lift your bike from the rack.
- If the rack is empty, and no one else is waiting to load a bike, fold up the rack until it locks in place.
- Carry your bike off the roadway to the sidewalk. Signal to the operator that you are clear of the bus.
Secure bicycle lockers provide greater protection from theft, vandalism and inclement weather. The lockers are designed to hold one bicycle each as well as bicycle gear such as panniers, locks, lights, etc. Currently, Bayview, Downsview, Finch, and Kennedy Subway Stations are equipped with City of Toronto Bicycle Lockers. For more information, please visit the City of Toronto Bicycle Locker Program
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