Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Celebrate National Bike Month with Bikes on Buses!

May is National Bike Month and HART makes connecting to the bus by riding a bike a breeze! 

All HART buses and HARTFlex vans have bike racks!
Discover how easy (and quick!) it is to Bike & Bus. HART has bike racks on every bus and van, and you can experience the ease of riding HART with your bike year round. Why not use National Bike Month to give it a try? Bike-friendly transit provides commuters with increased options to travel, and also expands transit ridership.

At HART, we're dedicated to getting our riders to their destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. We see bikes as supplemental to our service and that's why we added racks to our buses and rubber-wheeled trolleys almost 20 years ago. More recently, bike racks have also been added to all of our HARTFlex vans.

Need a bike just for the first or last mile of your trip? Coast Bike Share stations are set up at a number of HART locations, including Marion Transit Center, and Dick Greco Plaza.

Have a folding bike? HART also permits them in carrying bags aboard all HART buses and HARTFlex vans. Users of bicycles with larger wheels should continue using the bicycle rack. Each HART bus and HARTFlex van accommodates two bicycles. Only single-seat, two-wheel bicycles are permitted on buses; no tandems or three-wheelers.

Heading to Pinellas? The Bikes on Buses program also enables riders to take their bikes with them and transfer from a HART bus to a PSTA bus without a special permit.
Four easy steps to loading your bike on a HART bus
Bike riders might not view a 30-mile round trip bike ride to downtown as an attractive commute. However, pair a quick 1-2 mile bike ride with a HART route to pick up the majority of the miles and you have some serious pedal power.

Cycling HART riders (almost 20,000 trips last month) find that bikes not only speed up their commutes, but also provide them greater exercise, ground coverage, and route options. 

Want to learn the ropes of cycling around town? Find a "bike buddy"! TBARTA helps match cycling commuters together.

Click here to learn more about the HART Bikes on Buses program, including how to secure your bike on the bus bike rack. We also have a Bikes on Buses how-to video on our YouTube page here.