What You Need to Know
All NCATA buses are equipped with bike racks.
Bike racks can hold two bikes on a first come, first served basis.
Only single seat, two-wheeled bicycles will be permitted. Wheels must be at a minimum of 16 inches. No motor-powered, or 3-wheeled vehicles.
A passenger must be at least 12 years old to load or unload a bike.
No extra charge for boarding with a bike.
NCATA is not responsible for personal injury, property damage, or property loss arising from the use of the bike racks. Use at your own risk.
If you forget to unload your bike at your departure, please call (724) 654-3130 to report your bike. Advise us which bus the bike is on, the time you would like to retrieve it and where, and any other details.
Loading Your Bike on a Rack
Be ready to load your bike as the bus approaches. Before the bus arrives, remove water bottles, pumps, or any loose items that
might fall off. NCATA assumes no liability for items that fall off your bike. This service is provided free to you, but at your own risk.
Make sure you have the attention of the driver before you step in front of the bus to load your bike.
For safety, be sure to stand only on the curbside (door) of the bus when you load your bike.
With one hand, balance your bike while using the other hand to lower the rack by squeezing the handle when lowering it
Lift your bike onto the rack, fitting the wheels into the slots. Each slot is labeled for the front and rear wheels. All bicycles load exactly the same way.
Raise and release the wheel lock arm from its magnetized base. Place it over the top of the front tire. A spring pulls the arm back, holding the bike securely. Make sure the arm is resting on the tire and not the frame.
Board the bus and pay your fare. Sit near the front of the bus so you may keep a eye on your bike.
Removing Your Bike from a Rack
Inform the driver before you get off the bus that you will be removing your bicycle.
For safety, be sure to stand only on the curbside of the bus when you unload your bicycle.
Raise the lock arm off the tire and return it to its magnetic base. Lift your bike out of the rack. With one hand holding your bike, use your other hand to return the rack to the upright position if there is not another bicycle on the rack.
Step away from the bus and onto the curb with your bike. Indicate to the driver that you are clear of the bus.
Never cross the street in front of the bus.
Instructions are posted on the rack. It is a three-step process and generally takes no more than 30 seconds.
No special permit is required.
Riders are responsible for loading, securing and unloading their bikes in a safe and timely manner. Bus operators cannot get off the bus to assist you.
Space is available on a first come, first served basis. If the bike rack is full, you will need to wait for the next bus. No bikes are allowed inside the bus.