Metrobus Testing Bike Racks with Space For 3 Bikes

December 13th, 2012

Every Metrobus has a bike rack on the front of the bus with room for two bikes. But if you ride the F12 or F13 bus routes around the Cheverly and Landover areas, you may have noticed a different kind of rack on one of our buses – with space for three bikes, not two.  Our Bus group is testing out this new style of rack on one bus operating on the F12 and F13 routes to see how it works. The instructions for using this test rack are the same as the standard racks.

Have you seen or tried this rack? Did you try the middle or back-most rack? What do you think?

Let us know in the comments below.

Metro is testing a new style of bicycle rack on buses with space for 3 bikes.All Metrobuses currently have racks for 2 bikes.


Bikes are allowed on Metrobus at all times, even during peak times. Unsure about how they work? See instructions for how to use the standard racks.

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  1. Russell
    December 13th, 2012 at 10:30 | #1

    Very cool, looking forward to these spreading throughout the system.

  2. Greg B
    December 13th, 2012 at 10:57 | #2

    Thanks Metro! There is definitely demand for more capacity — especially on rainy days!

  3. December 13th, 2012 at 11:14 | #3

    I’ve used these in another city — maybe Seattle? It’s always a bit stressful to figure out a new bike rack on the fly, but I remember thinking that the rack was noticeably heavier, the arm a little counterintuitive (you push one thing, then pull another thing), but that the retention system worked really well. Mine was the only bike on it, so per the instructions I used the front spot.

  4. Matt Dickens
    December 13th, 2012 at 11:23 | #4

    Instructions for how to use a bus bike rack? I think you mean:

  5. Transport.
    December 14th, 2012 at 10:15 | #5

    Fairfax Connector buses have these three-place bike racks on their new buses. They work fine, it just can get a bit tricky accessing the position closest to the front of the bus if the forward two holders are in use. I got the hang of it after my first try.

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