Bikes on Public Transit in Vancouver
The mass transit system in Greater Vancouver is very bike friendly with options to take your bike on the SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and the entire bus fleet. Bikes aren't allowed on the HandyDART service.
You're expected to keep your bicycle clean, and no matter what transit vehicle you're on, you're expected to remain close to the exit, keep the aisles clear, and give priority to wheelchairs, scooters, baby carriages and passengers with service animals.
You're also not allowed to ride your bike inside stations, on train platforms, or on the SkyTrain/SeaBus/WCE. You may not take your bicycle on any escalators either. You must take either the elevator or stairs.
Bikes on Vancouver Buses
You can take your bike with you on the bus at no additional cost. Every bus in the fleet has bike racks, and there's no time restriction on when you can take your bike with you. Community Shuttle Buses, however, don't allow bikes after dark. During peak hours, however, you may find that racks are full, as there is a maximum of 2 bikes per bus. You can wait for the next bus, or call customer assistance at 604.953.333, and they can help you find another route.
To fit in the rack, your bike must have a 40 cm (or 16-inch) diameter wheel. Motor-assisted bikes like mopeds aren't allowed.
Using the rack is as simple as asking the driver to let you load the bike. While TransLink and all their workers are not responsible for you or your bike's safety when loading and offloading your bicycle, friendly drivers have been known to show you how to load your bike the first time.
The process is fairly straight forward:
1. Lower the rack by pulling the handle.
2. Lift your bike up onto the rack.
3. Lift the support arm up and over the front tire, and you're done.
Make sure you remove all water bottles and other removable items from your bike before the bus arrives. It's recommended that you sit at the front of the bus so you can keep an eye on your bike. When it's time to get off, tell the driver you want to get your bike, and exit from the front of the bus. Make sure to raise the bike rack after removing your bike, since the bus driver can't tell if it's up or not.
Bikes on the Vancouver SkyTrain
Bikes are allowed on the SkyTrain, and make getting around Greater Vancouver a breeze. Like taking your bike on a bus, there's no additional cost, but there are some restrictions.
Canada Line. There are no restrictions on times, but only one bike per train car is allowed.
Expo & Millennium Lines. Two bikes per train car are allowed, but there are restrictions as to when you may take your bicycle. You can take your bike at all times except the following:
Monday - Friday Westbound from King George & Columbia to Waterfront station, or from Columbia to Commercial stations between 7 and 9 am.
Monday - Friday eastbound from Commercial station to Columbia, and from Waterfront Station towards Columbia and King George Station between 4 and 6 pm.
Bikes are completely prohibited from Metrotown Station because of the difficulty in accessing the platform. Bicycles must also be less than 185 centimetres (73-inches) long, and cyclists under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bikes on the Vancouver SeaBus
There are no additional costs for taking your bicycle on the SeaBus, but you're expected to let other customers get on and off the SeaBus first. There is a maximum of 6 bicycles allowed per sailing, and bikes must be under 185 centimetres long (73-inches).
Bikes on the West Coast Express
Taking your bike on the WCE costs $1/day or $15 a month. You can buy monthly and quarterly passes from the customer service office. Only 2 bikes per car are allowed, and WCE employees reserve the right to enact further restrictions, which means you might be asked to take a different train if a train is busy.
Vancouver Bike Transit Station Lockers
Many stations have bike lockers you can rent for 3-months at a time for $30 plus key deposit. The lockers keep your bicycle safe while you ride public transit.
WCE stations also have bike lockers available, and the rental rate is $17/month with a $10 key deposit.