Biketrans. The Way to Keep Your Body and Budget in Shape.
Biketrans commuting combines the cost-effectiveness of public transit with the health benefits of cycling. It's an earth-friendly alternative to commuting in a single-occupancy vehicle. Let's examine how biketrans positively impacts you and the environment.
Improving Your Health
- Enhances personal fitness and energy levels
- Reduces stress and stimulates your immune system
- Eliminates the need to set aside extra time for the gym
- Incorporates moderate, low-impact exercise into your normal routine
- Decreases your auto and fuel expenses
- Reduces wear and tear on your car
- Lowers your auto insurance premium in some cases
- Gives you more time to read or relax — and time is money
- Decreases vehicle emissions by taking a car off the road
- Reduces harmful ground-level ozone
- Sets a good example for others
- Offers cleaner air for everyone
Using Bike RacksDART buses have bike racks on the front of the bus*. Any DART rider may use these racks; however, DART is not responsible for damaged or stolen bicycles. When loading or unloading a bicycle, just follow these instructions!
* Some vehicles will not be equipped with bike racks, including Paratransit, DART On-Call and FLEX vehicles.
1. Remove any loose items that may fall off your bike while the bus is in motion.
Once the bus comes to a stop, step to the front of the bus to load your bike. Make sure that the bus operator sees you.
2. To lower the bike rack from the stowed position, squeeze the handle with one hand and fold down the rack.
If the rack is empty, be sure to place your bike on the inside rack closest to the bus operator.
3. Lift your bike and load it properly onto the rack, carefully positioning the tires into the appropriate slots.
4. Raise the support arm up and over the front tire until it hugs the tire. You're good to go! Hop aboard.
1. As the bus approaches your stop, notify the bus operator that you will be unloading a bike.
Lower the support arm to release the front wheel.
2. You may now lift your bike out of the rack.
3. If there are no bikes on the rack and no one else is waiting to load, secure the bike rack before departing.
4. Simply lift the rack until it locks into place in the upright position.
Move away from the bus and signal to the operator that it's safe to leave.
Tips for a Smooth Ride
- Please load and unload your bike quickly so as not to delay the operator or other passengers.
- You are responsible for loading and unloading your bike.
- Remove any bike attachment that may interfere with the safe operation of the bus - bikes that do not fit properly cannot be transported.
- Please inform the bus operator of your stop.
- Bus riders boarding with bicycles must use the bike racks - if the bike rack is full, riders can then carry their bikes onboard provided the bicycle is clean and there is room on the bus. Cyclists must move to the rear of the bus.
- DART reserves the right to revoke the bike rack privileges of those who abuse them - a warning will be issued prior to denial of service.
- Only use designated racks or lockers to secure your bike - do not use bus stop poles, trees, fences, etc.
Bikes on DART Rail and TRE
- Bicycles brought on board DART Rail or the TRE must be placed in the area designated for disabled customers, provided it is not occupied.
- Bicyclists must consider the number of passengers on the vehicle and the impact the presence of the bicycle will have on the safety of other passengers before bringing the bike on board.
- Bicyclists may not block the operator's cab when it is occupied.
New super DART Rail vehicles introduced in the summer of 2008 have added capacity and improved access
DART has updated its fleet of light rail vehicles (LRV) by inserting a new, low-floor insert between the existing sections of the vehicle adding seating capacity and improving access through level boarding. The SLRVs allow passengers with bicycles to roll directly onto the trains.
Parking Your BikeDART offers bike racks for short-term parking at most rail stations and transit centers.
Bike racks are free of charge and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Just lock and go!
New Bike Lids Replace Bike LockersDART received a federal grant to replace aged and worn bike lockers with a new environmentally friendly state of the art bike lids.
The new bike lids meet homeland security requirements, are homeless and vandal resistant, and do not overheat and melt plastic bike components.
Use of the new bike lids will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Cyclists will be required to provide their own padlock used to secure the bike lid. DART may add additional bike lids at a later date where demand exceeds supply. Please keep in-mind that overnight bicycle storage and/or locking of unused lids will not be allowed.
Bike Lid Locations:
Parks and Trails Resources
- Addison Parks Department
- Carrollton Parks & Recreation
- Dallas Parks Trails
- Happy Trails Dallas
- Farmers Branch Parks & Recreation
- Garland Park Trails
- Irving Parks & Recreation
- Plano Trail Information
- Richardson Parks and Trails
- Rowlett Parks and Trails
- Biking in Dallas
- Trails.com Trail Finder
Ride Right!DART values the safety and comfort of all passengers. Please exercise care when bringing bikes on board DART vehicles. A little courtesy and alertness on the part of the cyclist goes a long way toward ensuring a smoother ride for everyone. Thank you!
214-747-RIDE (7433) • www.DART.org/bikes