North Idaho is a great place to ride a bike. The Citylink bus service is pleased to encourage bicycle use, by providing bike racks. Each Citylink bus is capable of transporting two bicycles at a time on a first-come, first-served basis. Citylink routes also interchange with both the “Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes” and with the “Centennial Trail” along the Spokane River. Both these trails are very popular with cyclists.
If you would like specific details on which bus stops serve which bike paths, please call
877-941-7433 extension 7291.
Although no bicycles are permitted within the bus itself, biking passengers may store their machines in the external racks for the duration of their journey. Since this involves entering the roadway, customers are asked to follow some basic rules to make their bike and bus experience as safe and as enjoyable as possible.
Please follow these basic rules:
- Have your bike ready when the bus arrives. Please remove any loose or oversized articles such as water bottles, pumps, child carrier seats, etc. Turn your lights off.
- For safety reasons, the bus operator can't get off the bus to help you, but they can assist you with verbal instructions, and there are also simple directions posted on the rack itself.
- Children under 12 can use the rack when traveling with an adult.
- Make sure to always load and unload your bicycle from the curb side. Do not stand in, or near, oncoming traffic.
- Always utilize the front rack first, if there is space available for your bike.
- If the front rack is full, let the bus driver know that you will be using the rear rack, before walking to the back of the bus. Both racks function in exactly the same manner.
- If both racks are full, then you will have to wait for the next bus.
- There is no charge to transport your bicycle anywhere on the Citylink bus system.
- While every care is taken to ensure the security of your bicycle, please be aware that Citylink transit is not responsible for any bike damaged while being transported in the bike rack. This includes, but is not limited to, rock chips, paint blemishes, lost accessories etc.
How to load your bike.
- Wait until the bus has stopped and the driver has applied the brake before entering the roadway. The driver will indicate when it is safe to proceed.
- Grasp the rack release handle and lower the rack down until it is horizontal.
- Place your bike in the wheel wells, making sure that the front wheel is placed on the side labeled "front wheel."
- Pull the wheel support arm up and hook it securely over the front tire of the bike. Make sure that this securing arm is locked over the tire in the twelve o’clock position. Failure to do so, could cause your bicycle to jump out of the rack if the bus were to drive over a pothole.
- Board the bus.
How to unload your bike.
- Don’t forget your bike when you reach your stop!
- Tell the driver that you will be unloading your bike before you approach your stop.
- Wait until the bus has come to a complete halt and the driver has applied the brake before entering the roadway. The driver will indicate when it is safe to proceed.
- Raise the support arm up off the tire. Move the support arm down into the stow position and make sure that it is out of your way.
- Lift your bike straight up and out of the rack.
- If there is no other bicycle in the rack, fold it back up into the vertical position. Ensure that the retaining latch is fully engaged.
- Move immediately to the curb with your bike.
- Indicate that everything is secure and that it is clear for the bus to proceed, by waving to the driver. This is particularly important when using the rear bike rack. Stand on the curb behind the bus in full view of the curb-side mirror, before signaling “clear” to the driver.
- Wait for the bus to pull away before you get ready to ride.
- If you forget to retrieve your bike, please call the Citylink lost property office: 800-523-2464 extension 7315.