Bikes on the T

Bikes on the T

Updated April 2014


Attention Customers and Cyclists  

 The MBTA is taking measures to further enhance bike parking security.

 Bicyclists must now register a CharlieCard  to access any of our Pedal & Park bike parking facilities. To register, please go to: www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/register/

There will be no charge for registration.

WHEN BIKES ARE ALLOWED

MODE 

WEEKDAYS

 WEEKENDS

Blue Line  Inbound: YES, except 7-9 AM
Outbound: YES, except 4-6 PM
YES
Orange Line YES, except 7-10 AM and 4-7 PM          YES
Red Line YES, except 7-10 AM and 4-7 PM YES
Mattapan Trolley                NO NO
Green Line NO NO
Commuter Rail YES, except peak period/direction.
Look for bike symbol on schedules.
YES
Ferry YES YES
Bus/Silver Line YES, if a bike rack is available (see below). 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 stations at any time:

  • Park Street Station (Red and Green Lines)
  • Downtown Crossing (Red and Orange Lines)
  • Government Center (Green and Blue Lines)
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Folding Bikes 

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.

 





BICYCLE RULES

bike_railSubway & 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. 

FerryBikeIconFerries

  • Please follow the directions of the crew.
  • In the event of severe weather, ferry service may not operate. Please plan ahead.

 

bike_busBuses

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.

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To load:

  • 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.

To Unload:

  • 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 Bicycle Parking

Bike parking facilities are located at most T stations for temporary storage of bicycles on a first come, first serve basis.

Bike Racks 
Over 95% of  MBTA stations now have bike racks. Covered bike parking is also provided at many stations to provide protection from the elements.  See Frequently Asked Questions Below for a list of Bike Racks.

"Pedal & Park" Bike Parking Facilities

Many of our stations are now provided with state-of-the-art secured bike parking facilities called “Pedal & Parks”.  These fully enclosed facilities have video camera surveillance and controlled door access for safety and security.  

Pedal & Park facilities are located at the following stations:

Alewife (east, by Russell Field)
Alewife (west)
Forest Hills
South Station
Braintree
Oak Grove
Malden
Davis
Ashmont
Back Bay*
Dudley *
Wollaston*
Alewife (Central)*
Wonderland*

* Under construction. Open to the public May 2014

 Bicyclists must register a 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.
  • 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 charities. 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.

Questions?

For more information on our "Bikes and the T" program please contact our Service Planning Department or email bicycle@mbta.com.  

Contact MassBike, the statewide bicycling education and advocacy group, for information about bicycle resources throughout the state.

FAQs

How do I park my bike at a Pedal & Park facility?
 Register a CharlieCard at www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/register.

How do I get a CharlieCard?
CharlieCards can be obtained from station officials or at the Charlie Store-Downtown Crossing..

Can I still use my BikeCharlieCard to access a Pedal & Park? 
Yes, but 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?
To access our Pedal & Park facilities, you will need to provide some personal information as part of the registration process. This information will only be used by the MBTA. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information.

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 occurrence. 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. During cold weather the lock occasionally requires some maneuvering; try pushing and then pulling until you hear the mechanism click.  All MBTA stations have a Customer Service Agent on site and they can be asked for assistance to enter the "Pedal and Parks".

Covered Bike Racks
 
Commuter Rail
Andover
Fairmount
Haverhill
Hersey
Highland
Holbrook
Montello
Morton St
North Billerica
Salem
South Weymouth
Waltham
Waverley
Wellesley Hills
Wellesley Square
West Roxbury
Weymouth Landing
Worcester
Wyoming Hill
Green Line
Brookline village
Chestnut Hill
Eliot  (2)
Riverside
Reservoir 
Waban
Red Line
Central (2)
Davis  (2)
Fields corner
JFK  (2)
North Quincy  (2)
N. Quincy Lower
Orange Line
Forest Hills-lower
Green Street
Roxbury Crossing
Stony brook
Sullivan Square (2)
Wellington
Blue Line
Orient Heights
Maverick  (2)
Suffolk Downs
Wood Island
Bus
Arlington Hts
Watertown Sq.

Where are Bike Racks located in the MBTA system?

Covered Bike Racks
 
Commuter Rail
Andover
Fairmount
Haverhill
Hersey
Highland
Holbrook
Montello
Morton St
North Billerica
Salem
South Weymouth
Waltham
Waverley
Wellesley Hills
Wellesley Square
West Roxbury
Weymouth Landing
Worcester
Wyoming Hill
Green Line
Brookline village
Chestnut Hill
Eliot  (2)
Riverside
Reservoir 
Waban
Red Line
Central (2)
Davis  (2)
Fields corner
JFK  (2)
North Quincy  (2)
N. Quincy Lower
Orange Line
Forest Hills-lower
Green Street
Roxbury Crossing
Stony brook
Sullivan Square (2)
Wellington
Blue Line
Orient Heights
Maverick  (2)
Suffolk Downs
Wood Island
Bus
Arlington Hts
Watertown Sq.



 

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