Bikes on the T
Updated May 2013
Attention Customers and Cyclists
The MBTA is taking measures to further enhance bike parking security.
Effective May 1, 2013, bicyclists must register either a CharlieCard OR a Bike CharlieCard to access any of our Pedal & Park bike parking facilities. To register now, please go to: www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/register/
There will be no charge for registration.
Bikes are allowed on the:
|Blue Line||Inbound: YES, except 7-9 AM
Outbound: YES, except 4-6 PM
|Orange Line||YES, except 7-10 AM and 4-7 PM||YES|
|Red Line||YES, except 7-10 AM and 4-7 PM||YES|
|Commuter Rail||YES, except peak period/direction.
Look for bike symbol on schedules.
|Bus/Silver Line||YES, if a bike rack is available (see below).|
Due to congestion and narrow station platforms and corridors, bicycles are NOT allowed in the following locations at any time:
- Park Street Station (Red and Green Lines)
- Downtown Crossing (Red and Orange Lines)
- Government Center (Green and Blue Lines)
are allowed on all MBTA vehicles at all times when completely folded. Bikes must be folded before passing through fare gates.
Motorized vehicles and Bike Trailers
(Segways, gas-powered scooters, bike trailers, etc.) are prohibited at all times.
A special high-capacity commuter rail bike coach operates on the Rockport Line from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See latest Commuter Rail Schedules for further information.
Subway & Commuter Rail
- Enter stations through the widest fare gate. Carry your bicycle on the stairs or use elevators. Do not ride inside stations or use escalators.
- Subway cars allow only two bicycles per car, at the ends of the car. On Commuter Rail, please follow the conductor's instructions. Stay with your bike and keep aisles and doors clear.
- Be prepared to wait for the next train if a train is too crowded to accommodate all passengers and your bicycle.
- Bicycles may be prohibited if trains are too crowded, including during special events.
- Seniors and persons with disabilities have preference over bicycles.
- Customers with disabilities may bring bicycles on MBTA vehicles at all times when used to accommodate the customer′s disability.
- Cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- In an emergency evacuation, leave your bicycle on the train and clear of aisles and doors.
- In the event of a service disruption, substitute shuttle bus service may not have bike racks available.
- Passengers failing to abide by the regulations or follow the direction of MBTA officials are subject to removal from the system.
- Please follow the directions of the crew.
- In the event of severe weather, ferry service may not operate. Please plan ahead.
Bicycle racks are mounted on 95% of all non-electric MBTA buses.
- You can bring a conventional two-wheel bicycle on any bus equipped with a bike rack.
- Remove bags and loose items before the bus arrives. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and let the bus driver know you are about to use the bike rack.
- Each rack holds two bicycles. If the rack is full, please wait for the next bus. Bicycles cannot be brought inside the bus at any time.
- Folding bikes may be brought inside any bus at any time when completely folded.
Using the Bus Bike Racks
You are responsible for loading, securing, and removing your bicycle.
- Squeeze the handle in the center of the rack and pull the rack down until flat.
- Place bike, front wheel first, into the rack wheel slot. Use the slot closest to the bus first.
- Pull out support arm and raise it up over the front tire, or rotate lever to secure front tire.
- Check that your bike is secure. Avoid kneeling or squatting out of the driver′s line of sight. Bikes cannot be locked to the rack.
- Let the driver know where you will be getting off, and sit near the front of the bus to watch your bike. The MBTA is not responsible for stolen or damaged bikes.
- Exit through the front door and let the bus driver know you will be removing your bike.
- Raise the support arm off the tire, or rotate the lever.
- Lift your bike out of the rack.
- If the rack is empty, squeeze the handle in the center and fold it up until it locks.
- Move your bike onto the curb and let the bus driver know when you are done. Never cross the street in front of the bus. Passing traffic cannot see around the bus.
- Wait for the bus to depart before getting on your bike.
Bike parking facilities are located at most T stations for temporary storage of bicycles on a first come, first serve basis.
Over 95% of MBTA stations now have bike racks. Covered bike parking is also provided at many stations to provide protection from the elements.
"Pedal & Park" Bike Parking Facilities
Many of our stations are now provided with state-of-the-art secured bike parking facilities called “Pedal & Parks” or “Bike Cages”. These fully enclosed facilities have video camera surveillance and controlled door access for safety and security.
Pedal & Park facilities are now open at Alewife and Forest Hills Stations. On April 16th new Pedal & Park facilities opened at South Station, Braintree, and Oak Grove. Between June and September 2013, seven more Pedal & Parks will open at Ashmont, Davis, Malden, Back Bay, Dudley, Alewife and Wonderland Stations.
The MBTA is taking measures to further enhance bike parking security. Effective May 1, 2013, bicyclists must register either a Charliecard OR a Bike CharlieCard before they are able to access these bike parking facilities. There will be no charge and it will further enhance the MBTA’s efforts to provide safe and secure areas for bike parking.
To register, please go to www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/register.
Bike Parking Rules
- Park your bike at designated bike parking facilities. Be careful not to block pedestrian access. Bicycles secured to handrails, railings, doors, ramps, stairways, bus stops or in any way impeding access will be removed without notice. When in doubt, ask a station official.
- Lock the frame and both wheels with a strong lock. How to Lock Up Your Bicycle.
- No motorized vehicles are permitted in stations or parking facilities, including Pedal & Park cages.
- Bicycles left for over two weeks will be considered abandoned and may be removed and donated to Bikes Not Bombs. To report abandoned and improperly parked bikes call Customer Support Services at (617) 222-3200.
- Record your bicycle′s serial number to help us identify your bicycle in case it is stolen and recovered. Report stolen bicycles to MBTA Transit Police at (617) 222-1212.
Please note that the MBTA is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to any bicycle or equipment on MBTA property. Cyclists are legally responsible for any damage to MBTA property and/or for injury, loss or damage sustained by passengers or MBTA employees resulting from cyclist′s negligence.
For more information on our "Bikes and the T" program please contact our Service Planning Department or email email@example.com.
Contact MassBike, the statewide bicycling education and advocacy group, for information about bicycle resources throughout the state.
How do I park my bike at a Pedal & Park facility?
After May 1, 2013, you must register a regular CharlieCard OR a Bike CharlieCard at www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/register.
How do I get a CharlieCard?
CharlieCards and Bike CharlieCards can be obtained from station officials.
Can I still use my BikeCharlieCard to access a Pedal & Park?
Yes, but after May 1, 2013, Bike CharlieCards have to be registered if they are used to gain access to a Pedal & Park facility.
Can I register an existing CharlieCard?
Any new or exisiting CharlieCard can be registered.
Does my registered CharlieCard work everywhere?
A registered CharlieCard will provide you with free access to all MBTA Pedal & Park facilities.
Can I use one CharlieCard to both pay MBTA fares AND access the Pedal & Parks?
Yes-as long as you register the card at mbta.com.
What if I lose my CharlieCard?
You will need to obtain a new card and register it again.
What if my registration information changes?
You will need to obtain and register a new CharlieCard.
I am concerned about privacy. Will I have to give personal information to the MBTA to register the CharlieCard?
What if my bike is damaged or stolen while in an MBTA Pedal & Park facility?
The MBTA is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to any bicycle or equipment on MBTA property. Please report the incident to the nearest MBTA station official as well as MBTA Transit Police.
What should I do if my registered CharlieCard does not open the gate?
This should not be a common occurance. The easiest way to resolve it is to obtain and register a new CharlieCard. You are able to transfer any unused balance onto your new card.
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