Cincinnati-area transit agencies to offer free rides on Bike to Work Day

**Correction** This THURSDAY, May 19 is Bike to Work Day!

Thursday, May 19 is Bike to Work Day, and to celebrate Metro, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) are offering free transit rides to bicycle commuters.

All three bus service providers have buses equipped with bike racks on the front of each bus, and transit officials say that the racks can be used at all bus stops including Government Square downtown. Bicycles are currently not permitted inside the buses due to safety and capacity issues, but each bike rack is capable of accommodating two bicycles.

Bicycle commuter using Metro’s on-bus bike rack. Image provided.

“TANK’s bike racks have been very popular,” said Andrew Aiello, TANK’s General Manager. “It’s a win-win for people who want to commute part of the way on bike and finish the trip on transit.”

Metro officials say that the Bike to Work Day special is not just to get bicyclists out on the national event, but also encourage more bike riders to utilize bus service to maximize their mobility.

“We hope that Bike to Work Day encourages even more bike riders to use public transportation while still enjoying the benefits of cycling,” Metro CEO Terry Garcia Crews said in a prepared release.

Both Metro and TANK will be on Fountain Square to celebrate Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 19 from 11:30am to 1pm. Organizers say that the festivities will include a commuter center that will demonstrate the ease of biking and riding buses.

Furthermore, all week long bicycle commuters will be treated to commuter stations that will include free coffee, mechanical checks and other treats as appreciation for biking to work. Cincinnati-area commuter stations will be located at 12 sites throughout the city.

  • Jake Mecklenborg

    Metro needs to put a video showing how to use the bike racks on their website. I think many people hesitate to use the racks because they don’t want to ask the driver how to do it.

  • Agreed, Jake. In Baltimore, a lot of people don’t bother using the bus bike racks because they’re intimidated by them. I believe our transit agency put out a how-to video which shows how to load and unload a bike.

  • Jake Mecklenborg

    The mechanism couldn’t be any simpler, but its the mere fact that it is so simple that it can seem insecure when it’s on there. Also, from what I remember (I haven’t put my bike on a bus in over a year), one of the racks requires the bike to be pointed one way, and the other one the opposite way. Again, making a dumb mistake can be embarrassing for people with an “audience” watching.

    It’s great that we have these racks on every bus, but in the summer the racks are filled quickly on some routes. The modern streetcars and light rail trains allow almost unlimited numbers of bikes onto each vehicle. In Portland I think there was space for 8 bikes per train car, so dozens of bikes per light rail train.

  • They have a PDF with pictures.
    They could actually decal the bus front with diagrams. The arm thing is the only tricky part. The thing is, the bus driver can’t get off the bus to show you what to do. They can only sit in the driver’s seat & pantomime.
    A video or animation would definitely help.