Commuter Resource RI


RIPTA’s Rack N’ Ride lets you bring your bike for free...
All RIPTA’s buses are equipped with bike racks. Take the bus one-way, part way, or
during inclement weather.
Make A Difference by improving air quality and reducing
auto congestion. Save money on
parking, gas, and car maintenance.
Rack N’ Ride is available year round.
No certification is necessary.
How to Use Bike Racks
1) Pull down to release the folded bike rack.
You only need one hand to pull the rack down.
2) Lift your bike onto the rack, fitting wheels into the slots. Each slot is labeled for front and rear wheels. If a bike is already in the rack, load yours in the other slot facing the opposite direction.
3) Raise and release the spring-loaded support arm over the top of the front tire. Make sure the support arm is resting on the tire and not on the fender or frame.
Rack N’ Ride Safety
For a safe and secure trip, please follow these
  • Tell the driver you plan to load or unload your bike, as he or she may not see you.
  • Always approach and load from the curbside and load your bike in the outside slot if empty.
  • For safety reasons, the driver is not allowed to help you load or unload your bike.
  • Bikes may be loaded and unloaded at any designated RIPTA stop only.
  • Motorized bikes, bikes with child seats, large carriers or other attachments are not allowed.
The user of the bicycle rack assumes all responsibility and all risks with respect to the
use of the bicycle rack and any consequences which may result from said use, including but not limited to physical injuries and/or damages to personal property. The RI Public Transit Authority is not responsible for the functioning or functionality of bicycle rack equipment and assumes no liability for any physical injuries and/or property damages which may result in any defect, within or upon the said bicycle rack.
More Bicycling Resources
Bike Buddies Rhode Island
Click here for more information on Bike Buddies.
Bike Newport
Narragansett Bay Wheelman
RI Department of Transportation
Bike Coordinator
Ask for a guide to Cycling in the Ocean State.
This guide provides valuable information for cyclists including which bridges allow cycling.
401-222-4203 ext 4042
RI Department of Environmental Management
Parks and Recreation Division
U.S. Open Cycling - RI Women's Ride 2012
Biking Legislation
The Bicycle Commuter Act
The most recent piece of legislation -supported by the Bike Caucus is Congressman Blumenauer’s Bicycle -Commuter Act, which allows -employers to offer a fringe -benefit of $20 per month for -employees for the -purchase of a bicycle and any bicycle -improvements, repairs, or -storage costs.
How the Legislation Works:
For employees who regularly commute to work by bicycle, employers may offset the costs of bicycle -purchase, improvement, repair, and storage at the rate of $20 per month. Based on how the employer chooses to offer the benefits, the employee may bring receipts to be reimbursed, may sign up for regular monthly -payments, or devise some sort of voucher system with their employer.
Bike commuters are not allowed to receive transit or parking benefits in addition to the bike benefit.
The bike commuter benefit has been in place since January 1, 2009.
For more information call 401-784-9575 or email