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VTA Bike Rules & Regulations

The following is a summary of VTA's policy for bicycles on VTA vehicles and at transit facilities. Please follow these bicycle rules and regulations onboard VTA buses and light rail vehicles and within VTA transit facilities.

General
  • No additional fare is required, but bicyclists shall have paid appropriate fare.
  • Only human powered and sealed dry or gel cell electric assisted bicycles are allowed.
  • Bicyclists shall not block aisles, stepwells or doors of any bus or light rail vehicle.
  • Bicyclists shall avoid getting chain and sprocket grease on the bus, light rail vehicle and other passengers. No muddy bicycles shall be permitted onboard at any time.
  • Other passengers shall be allowed to enter and exit first before a bicyclist boards or deboards the bus or light rail vehicle with their bicycle.
  • Bicyclists shall always walk bicycles on passenger platforms at transit centers and on light rail station platforms.
  • Bicyclists shall not chain bicycles to poles, light standards, pillars, etc. at transit centers or on light rail station platforms.
  • All bicycles not taken on buses and light rail vehicles shall be parked off transit center and light rail platforms in bicycle racks or lockers.
Buses

Bicyclists are responsible for securing their bicycles in the exterior bike rack.

Bicycles may be permitted on buses at the driver's discretion when:

  • The bus does not have a fully operational bicycle rack
  • The exterior rack is filled

A maximum of two bicycles shall be permitted inside the bus if the passenger load permits the safe boarding, deboarding and stowing of the bicycle.

Bicyclists shall be responsible for attending their bicycles when bringing them inside the bus.

Light Rail Vehicles

The maximum number of bicycles allowed inside a light rail vehicle is six. Up to four bicycles can be accommodated in the racks provided, with two additional bicycles allowed to stand on the floor in the center section (turntable area) of the vehicle.

All bicycles must be boarded through the center doors of each car, and are restricted to the designated area in the center section of the vehicle.

Bicyclists are responsible for securing their bicycles in the racks provided. Bicycles not secured in the racks must be attended by the cyclist.

Bike Parking

Bike commuters have access to secure bike parking systemwide. Bike racks and bike lockers have been installed in nearly all VTA Park & Ride lots and Transit Centers and bike parking demand is continuously monitored.

Bike Lockers

VTA provides 500 bike lockers at light rail and Caltrain stations, Park & Ride lots and transit centers for the use of transit riders. There is no charge for a bike locker rental. However, a $25 refundable security deposit is required.

At sites where bike parking demand exceeds parking supply, VTA is transitioning from the current one-locker-per-person system to a Smart Card key system whereby a pool of lockers will be available on a first-come first-serve basis to Smart Card owners. Since February 2009, VTA has retrofitted 111 mechanical lockers into eLockers at 12 bike locker locations.

The schedule for the remaining 400 lockers will depend on funding availability.

Existing locker renters can exchange their locker key for a Smart Card. Call (408) 321-7520 or email bikelockers@vta.org for information on how to obtain a Smart Card. Smart Cards can be purchased online at www.bikelink.org.

If you are interested and would like to apply for a bike locker at the remaining sites, please call (408) 321-7520 or e-mail your request to bikelockers@vta.org. Please include your name, address, phone and fax numbers, as well as the desired locker location. VTA will send you an application.

For a list of VTA bike locker locations, visit the BikeLink website.