Moving Your Bike on the MUNI
by Suze Gardner
Using the bicycle racks on Muni buses is an easy and convenient transportation option for those moments when you can't fix a flat, are caught in the rain, or simply just aren't feeling the hills. Most Muni buses have racks for two bikes, and very rarely are they full. Currently, no bikes are permitted on cable cars or light rail, but the SFBC has been actively lobbying for bikes on the J, K, L, M, and N, and a trial will go into place as soon as the bike plan injunction is lifted.
But back to the buses: putting your bike on a Muni rack is easy. Once the bus has stopped and you're sure the driver sees you, approach the front of the bus and release the handle on the top of the rack. Lower the rack to the horizontal position. Note that for each slot there is a spring loaded bar with a hooked end; be sure to load your front tire on the same side as this bar and secure the bar up over the top of your tire. Hop on board!
When you reach your stop make sure that you exit from the front door and tell the driver that you're removing your bike. It may be stressful to stay at the front of the bus when it's crowded, but you don't want to exit the back and run the risk of not being able to reach your bike before the bus starts moving again. Staying in front of the bus also means you can keep an eye on your bike, a good way to make sure your ride doesn't get stolen. For additional bike security you can lock your bike to itself; you are not allowed to lock your bike to the rack.
Putting your bike on MUNI is easy and convenient for those moments when you can't fix a flat or get caught in the rain. For a quick "how-to" video on using Muni bike racks, please visit sfbike.org/transit. Always sit in the front of the bus to watch for the rare (but possible) Muni bike thief!