Image showing a man waiting to put his bike on a bus

Get on board and bus your bike

External bike racks were installed on four bus routes across Victoria in a 12 month trial from April 2016 to April 2017. making public transport more accessible for bike riders and bike riding more accessible for public transport users.

The bike racks make public transport more accessible for bike riders and bike riding more accessible for public transport users.

Results of the trial are being evaluated which will inform whether the program is continued.

Fitted bike racks will remain on the four bus routes until further notice.

External bike racks are fitted to buses on Route 510 (Essendon to Ivanhoe) and Route 512 (Strathmore to East Coburg) in metropolitan Melbourne, and on buses on Route 70 (Bendigo Station to Strathfieldsaye) and the Cowes to Anderson to Wonthaggi routes in regional Victoria.

Using the rack

Racks are fitted to the front of the bus and are safe, secure and easy to use. Only two-wheel, single seat bikes with a wheel size between 50cm (20”) and 73cm (29”) and up to a 111cm (44”) wheel base can be loaded. Bikes must weigh less than 25 kilograms.

Please note: Children aged 13 or under must be assisted by an adult to load and unload the bike from the rack.

Before the bus arrives, ensure that any attached items (bottles, pumps etc.) have been removed from your bike. Your bike must not have any front mounted accessories or objects that will obstruct the driver’s view.

Loading the bike rack

Follow these easy steps to load your bike:

  1. Hail the bus and get permission from the driver to load your bike
  2. a) Squeeze the latch handle to unlock the rack, b) fold it down.
  3. Lift the bike onto the rack and push the bike as far forward as possible.
  4. Raise the bar so it sits locked over the wheel against the bike's frame.

Image: Loading the bike rack

Unloading the bike rack

Follow these easy steps to remove your bike:

  1. Pull on the spring loaded bar to release it and lower it off the wheel.
  2. Lift your bike out of the rack, towards the kerb.
  3. If the rack is empty, squeeze the latch handle and fold the rack back into place.
  4. Once on the kerb indicate to the driver that you're clear.

Image: Unloading the bike rack

Bike racks can only fit two bikes at a time and are available on a first come first served basis, so allow extra time for your journey.

Download detailed information about using the rack and rider’s responsibilities:

Bus Your Bike user guide (PDF) 354kB

Bus Your Bike user guide - accessible version (RTF) 90kB

View an instructional video below on how to load and unload a bike onto the bike rack

View the accessible transcript of the Bus Your Bike video (DOCX) 15.5kb

Where can I bus my bike?

Customers will have more flexibility in choosing how to travel while also opening up key bike trails that have previously been difficult to access by public transport.


Routes in metropolitan Melbourne taking part in the trial are:

Links shopping precincts in Sydney Road, High Street and Essendon while also enabling connections between train services at Essendon, Ivanhoe and Moreland stations. Connects with road bike routes on the Upfield line and St Georges Road. For more information about cycling in Darebin visit the council website.

Stretches from city suburbs to Strathmore with access to Coburg and Pascoe Vale. Route 512 also runs close to bike paths on Merri Creek Trail and Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. For more information about cycling in Moreland visit the council website.

Please note, Route 512 does not run on Sundays.

Regional Victoria

Routes in regional Victoria taking part in the trail are:

Makes popular cycling spots around Bendigo more accessible while also connecting Bendigo Station and residential areas in Strathfieldsaye for longer commutes. For more information about cycling in Bendigo visit the Bendigo Tourism website.

Please note, Bendigo Station to Strathfieldsaye (Route 70) does not run on Sundays.

Offers connections to popular cycling trails on Phillip Island, the South Gippsland coast and along the Great Southern Rail Trail, allowing cyclists to hop on and hop off the bus and expand their cycling adventure. For more information visit the Phillip Island tourism website.