All you need to get around might be your own trusty bike.  Learn how to use the power of you to make your commute a breeze and enjoy some health benefits too! There are many programs in place to help make biking a viable alternative to driving alone.


All RIPTA’s buses are equipped with bike racks. You can take the bus one way, part of the way, or just to get out of bad weather. The bike racks are free and easy to use:

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.

For safety reasons, the bus driver cannot help you load or unload your bike. Make sure the driver knows you are loading or unloading a bike because they may not be able to see you.


We want everyone to have a safe trip. Please read and follow the procedures below:

  • Tell the driver you plan to load or unload your bike, as he or she may not be able to see you
  • Always approach and load from the curbside and load your bike in the outside slot if it’s 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
  • Bikes with child seats, large carriers or other attachments are not allowed
  • Bikes must be able to properly fit in the bike rack and cannot exceed 55 pounds

If you use the bicycle rack, you assume all responsibility and all risks with respect to the use of the bicycle rack and any consequences which may result from that use, including but not limited to physical injuries and/or damages to personal property.

RIPTA 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 bicycle rack.

More biking resources:

Click on the links below for great cycling organizations and resources.

Bike Newport

Narragansett Bay Wheelman

RI Department of Transportation

Statewide Bike Map

Provides valuable information for cyclists including which bridges allow cycling. For additional information, call the State Bike Coordinator at 401-222-4203 ext. 4042.

RI Department of Environmental Management

Parks and Recreation Division

Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition

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