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Bike & Ride

Bike & Ride

It’s easy to bike around Chicago with CTA’s Bike & Ride initiatives.

Bicycles are welcome on CTA buses and trains throughout the year. You’ll also find bike racks at or outside most CTA 'L' stations... and bikes ride free, with any paying customer!

Use this guide to learn about using CTA with your bike, or, view our Bike & Ride Guide to Chicago (.pdf) brochure.

 

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Taking your bike on the CTA 

On the bus

You can take your bike on CTA buses at all times, every day, all year.

All CTA buses are equipped with bike racks, located on the front of the bus. Most regular, two-wheeled bikes fit into the racks.

How to bring your bike on the bus

 

On 'L' trains

Bicycles are permitted on all CTA trains (The 'L') every day, except during weekday rush periods (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Bicycles are not allowed on certain days when trains are expected to become very crowded, such as July 4, or otherwise when trains have become full/crowded. Please follow station or train crew instructions.

Up to two regular bicycles are allowed inside each car.

If you need help getting your bike in and out of a station, see a Customer Assistant or other station attendant for assistance.

How to bring your bike on the train

 

Parking your bike

Bicycle parking racks are installed outside most CTA rail stations, and street parking is available near almost all of them. For improved security and weather protection, racks have also been installed indoors or in sheltered locations at over 80 stations.

Visit our System Guide to pick a train station and see if indoor or sheltered parking is available at your station.

 

Abandoned Bikes

Abandoned bicycles are unsightly and reduce available parking. If you see an abandoned bicycle, please report it to 1-888-YOUR-CTA or CTA Feedback. Please be prepared to describe the station and location of the abandoned bicycle.

A bicycle shall be deemed abandoned if it: (1) is in such a state of disrepair as to be incapable of being operated in its present condition, or (2) has not been moved or used in more than fourteen days and bears physical indicia of having been deserted. 

 

Tips & other things you should know

 

Divvy and CTA

Divvy is Chicago's bike share system, with thousands of bikes available 24/7. Many Divvy stations are conveniently located near CTA bus and train stops. A bike can be checked out from and returned to any station, creating a fast, fun, and affordable way to get to and from the CTA without having to take a bike on board.

For pricing and station locations, please visit DivvyBikes.com.
 

Share the Road

The Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority partnered to create this training video for bus operators and bicyclists on how to safely share the road.

Share the Road - Buses and Bicycles (Open Captioned) from Chicago Bicycle Program on Vimeo.

 

Bikes on Metra and Pace

Our sister transit agencies, Metra (metropolitan commuter rail) and Pace (suburban bus) also allow bicycles on their services.

 

Cycling Links

 

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