Sunday, March 15, 2009

How to Load Your Bicycle on AC Transit

Did you know that hundreds of bicyclists use AC Transit every day?

Many people don't know that they can take their bikes on AC Transit. Others know, but are afraid to try on the road because they think it's difficult or they don't want to inconvenience other passengers (not to mention the feeling of "everyone looking at you.")

But you can do it too. Check out these easy steps.

  1. When the bus approaches, stay on the sidewalk with your bicycle back from the curb.

  2. Be ready to load your bike by removing any items, such as bags or pumps that may fall off or interfere with another bike.

  3. First allow other cyclists to remove their bikes.

  4. Signal to the driver that you want to load your bike. Make sure the driver sees you before stepping in front of the bus.

  5. Load from the curb side of the bus—do not step into traffic.

  6. Squeeze and pull up on the bike rack handle to release the folded rack. Lower the rack until it clicks into place.

  7. If there is no other bike on the rack, use the inside slot with your front wheel facing the curb.

  8. Lift your bike onto the rack, fitting the wheels into the slots labeled “front” and “rear.” (Two bicycles will face in opposite directions on the rack.)

  9. Pull out and raise the support arm over the top of the front tire, positioning it as high up on the tire as possible. Do not lock your bike to the rack.

  10. Get on board, pay your fare, and sit near the front* so you can keep an eye on your bike.

  11. *Please yield front seats to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Unloading your bicycle is just as simple.

  1. Pull the “Stop Requested” cord for your stop.

  2. Tell the driver you will be unloading your bike and exit through the front door.

  3. Raise the support arm up and off the bike’s front tire.

  4. Lift and remove the bike from the rack.

  5. If no other bike is on the rack, fold and secure the rack into the upright position.

  6. Return to the curb with your bike as quickly as possible so the bus can proceed.

And you're on your way. Ride AC Transit today!

Source: AC Transit

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Attend an Open House for Line 51

AC Transit is hosting a series of open houses for the public to hear strategies to improve Line 51, the busiest line in the AC Transit system. The line serves many destinations in Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley, including shopping and entertainment districts, BART stations, UC Berkeley, hospitals, and many more.

  • Monday, March 9, from 6:30pm to 8pm at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
  • Thursday, March 12, from 6:30pm to 8pm at Haight Elementary School, 2025 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
  • Saturday, March 14, from 10:30am to 12pm at AC Transit General Offices, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland
For the past two years, AC Transit has been working diligently to evaluate the line, including usage patterns and sources of delays, while compiling a list of recommendations to improve the line's overall reliability--Line 51 Service & Reliability Report.

AC Transit staff is interested in sharing these recommendations with, and eliciting comments from, the public. The three open houses will include a brief staff presentation, the opportunity for one-on-one conversation with staff members, and an open-ended question-and-answer period.

For more information, please contact or call 510-891-4755.