Bikes on the T
Bicycling can be a quick and affordable way to get around, while keeping you fit and reducing air pollution. MBTA welcomes riders to combine bicycling with the convenience of public transit, providing more options for getting to your destination. Use this page to learn about using the MBTA with your bike.
On this page…
- Taking your bike on the MBTA
- Bike parking
- Abandoned bike policy
- Bike rules
- Using bus bike racks
- For more information and useful links
Bicycles are allowed on the MBTA, though they are prohibited from the Green Line and Mattapan Trolley at all times and from other rail lines during peak hours due to crowding. Please see the table below to see when and where bikes are allowed on the MBTA.
Bicycles may also be prohibited during holidays (including New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Marathon Monday, and Independence Day), special events, service disruptions, and other periods when crowding or special conditions exist. Please check Service Updates or Events & Holidays for the latest updates.
Additionally, bicycles are NOT allowed in the following stations at any time due to congestion and narrow station platforms and corridors:
- Park Street Station (Red and Green Lines)
- Downtown Crossing (Red and Orange Lines)
- Government Center (Green and Blue Lines)
|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).||YES, if a bike rack is available (see below).|
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
Motorized vehicles (Segways, gas-powered scooters, etc.) and bike trailers are prohibited at all times.
Special Commuter Rail Bike Coach
A special high-capacity commuter rail bike coach operates on the Newburyport/Rockport Line from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See the latest Commuter Rail Schedules for further information. A dedicated bike coach will also be available on the Cape Flyer service, which runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
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. See below for a list of covered bike racks.
"Pedal & Park" Bike Parking Facilities
Many MBTA 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. Each facility will park between 50-150 bikes.
To access these bike parking facilities, bicyclists must register a CharlieCard. Registration is free and it will further enhance the MBTA’s efforts to provide safe and secure areas for bike parking. There is no charge for accessing the Pedal & Park with a registered CharlieCard. To register, please go to www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/register.
These MBTA stations include Pedal & Park facilities:
|Commuter Rail||Blue Line||Orange Line||Red Line||Bus|
|Beverly Depot Garage||Wonderland||Back Bay||Alewife (3)||Dudley|
Covered Bike Parking Facilities
Covered bike racks are located at these MBTA stations:
|Commuter Rail||Blue Line||Green Line||Orange Line||Red Line||Bus|
|Andover||Orient Heights||Brookline Village||Forest Hills-lower||Central (2)||Arlington Hts|
|Fairmount||Maverick (2)||Chestnut Hill||Green Street||Davis (2)||Watertown Sq.|
|Haverhill||Suffolk Downs||Eliot (2)||Roxbury Crossing||Fields corner|
|Hersey||Wood Island||Riverside||Stony brook||JFK (2)|
|Highland||Reservoir||Sullivan Square (2)||North Quincy (2)|
|Holbrook||Waban||Wellington||N. Quincy Lower|
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 bicycle parking facilities, including Pedal & Park cages.
- Bicycle parking is intended for temporary use only. Bicycles left for over two weeks will be considered abandoned and may be removed and donated to charities. Read about our abandoned bicycle policy below. 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.
Abandoned bike policy
MBTA bicycle parking facilities are intended for temporary storage of bicycles. To maximize the availability of bike parking spaces for active riders, the MBTA will remove bicycles that are abandoned. If bicycles are suspected of being abandoned, MBTA personnel will tag bicycles that are left overnight. After 14 days, the MBTA will remove tagged bikes. They will be stored for 30 days and if unclaimed, they will be donated to a local charity. If your bicycle has been tagged for removal and is not abandoned, just remove the tag. You can continue to park your bicycle in the facility. To reclaim a bicycle that has been removed, please contact Customer Support Services at (617) 222-3200.
Coordinated efforts to remove abandoned bikes at stations such as Alewife or Davis will be advertised in advance at the appropriate bicycle parking areas and on the website.
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 all non-electric MBTA buses (although a particular bus may occasionally have a rack that is out of service until it can be repaired). As of May 2015, electric buses are used on routes SL1, SL2, SLW, and 71.
- 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.
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.
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 existing 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 www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/register.
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 at 617-222-1212.
What should I do if my registered CharlieCard does not open the gate?
This should not be a common occurrence. If a card has repeated problems, 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 door lock occasionally requires some maneuvering; try pushing and then pulling until you hear the mechanism click. All MBTA stations have a Customer Service Agent or inspector on site and they can be asked for assistance to enter the "Pedal and Parks".
- For more information on our "Bikes and the T" program please contact our Service Planning Department.
- Contact MassBike, the statewide bicycling education and advocacy group, for information about bicycle resources throughout the state.
- Hubway is the region’s bike share system, with more than 1,300 bikes at 140 stations throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Many Hubway stations are conveniently located near MBTA bus and train stops.
- Learn how to bike more safely in the city with the Urban Cycling Guide, provided by Boston Bikes.