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Bicycle and Scooter Policies

Transporting Bicycles and Small Two-Wheeled Scooters

All El Dorado Transit local and commuter fixed route buses have bicycle racks on the front for passengers to use at no additional cost. The racks are designed to handle bikes with skinny or standard tires.

Bicycle Loading and Unloading

Passengers are responsible for loading, securing and unloading their bikes. When loading a bike onto the rack, stay on the curb until the bus makes a complete stop and the bus operator is aware of your presence. Upon arrival at your destination, remind the bus operator that you are retrieving your bike. Once you remove your bike, if there are no other bikes on the rack please raise and lock the rack in the upright position.

Bike Rack Space

If the bike racks are full, passengers wishing to travel with their bike will need to wait for the next bus. However, on the last run of the day if the bike rack is full bus operators may allow bikes on board the bus. These bikes must be secured by the passenger and may not obstruct the aisle way or doorways.

Certification

The maximum allowable weight of any bicycle on the bike rack is 55 lbs. It is up to the bus operator to determine if a bike is the appropriate size and if the bike is too heavy. To have El Dorado Transit staff pre-certify your bike size and weight prior to loading it onto a bike rack, please call El Dorado Transit at (530) 642-5383 to make an appointment. Once your bike is certified, a small decal will be placed on the top tube so bus operators can verify your bike can be loaded onto the rack.

Electric Bicycles

Electric bicycles are allowed if they weigh 55 lbs. or less. Because electric bicycles often weigh more than 55 lbs. each e-bike must be certified by El Dorado Transit staff prior to loading onto the bike rack. See the Certification section for more information.

Bike Rack Restrictions

The following bicycles are not allowed on the bike racks:

  • Bikes that cannot fit into the tire slots like fat tire bikes
  • Tandem bikes
  • Recumbent bikes
  • Tricycles
  • Children’s bikes
  • Gas powered bikes
  • Bikes with excessive luggage attached – luggage must be removed and brought on board
  • Bikes with child carriers or other equipment that could significantly obstruct the bus operator’s vision
  • Bikes that cannot be secured using the installed securement system without extra measures like bungee cords
  • Bikes over 55 lbs.

Folding Bicycles

Folding bikes are not allowed to be carried on the bus.

Scooters

Non-motorized and small electric scooters may be brought onto the buses but must not be ridden on the bus and must not obstruct aisle ways and doorways. Motorized scooters with internal combustion engines (gas powered) are not allowed on the bus.