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Starting December 20, 2017, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (SR-520) will have a new dedicated bicycle/pedestrian path for the first time. People who wish to cross the bridge by transit with a bike will have two options:

  1. Use any in-service bus to your destination, paying the regular passenger fare or
  2. Use an out-of-service bus at no charge only between Montlake and Evergreen Point freeway stops (about 3 miles).

Metro and Sound Transit are continuing this pilot project on out-of-service ("dead-heading") buses due to high bike demand on this bridge. If travel patterns shift, the transit agencies will re-evaluate the free service.

Instructions for using SR-520 free pilot project

Bicyclists and other transit customers can ride free across the SR-520 Evergreen Point Bridge:

  • On out-of-service Metro and Sound Transit buses.
  • Between Montlake and Evergreen Point only.
  • In either direction, eastbound or westbound.

Out-of-service buses will display one of these destination signs:

  • Terminal
  • Bellevue Base
  • East Base

In general, the majority of out-of-service buses are:

  • Eastbound between Montlake and Evergreen Point during weekday morning peak commuting hours.
  • Westbound between Evergreen Point and Montlake during weekday morning and afternoon peak commuting hours.

Please be aware that out-of-service buses do not operate on a fixed schedule and there are fewer of them on weekends. Their schedules are not published, posted, tracked, or guaranteed.

Frequently asked questions

The slot farthest from the bus gives the driver the best view of the rack in use. The driver knows to leave extra space between the bus and a vehicle ahead of it. The outside space is also the easiest access for the bike rider.

The easiest order of loading is outside slot (farthest from bus), inside slot (closest to bus), middle slot. If the outside slot is already in use, follow these instructions for the other 2 positions:

Inside slot:

Alert the driver that you're going to load. Stand on the curb. Face your front wheel toward the curb. Lift your bike and roll the back wheel into the track. Release the support arm and extend it over the front wheel, setting it at the top of the wheel next to the frame.

If the hook on the middle slot faces the curb:

Follow the instructions above for loading in the inside slot.

If the hook on the middle slot faces the street:

Alert the driver that you’re going to load. Stand in the street at the centerline of the bus. Do not stand in the line of moving traffic. Lift your bike at a 90 degree angle to the front of the bus with the back wheel toward the bus. Swing the back wheel past the first bike and set the back wheel in the slot without the hook. Set the front wheel near the hook. Pull out the hook and extend the support arm over the front wheel.

There are several models of racks, but all work in a similar way. Look for the label on an available slot showing which direction to face your front wheel—toward the curb or toward the street. Then set your bike in the slot. Pull the support arm straight out and up over the top of the wheel with the hook resting on your wheel or fender as close to the frame as possible.

You’ll need to set the hook between the top of the wheel and the bottom of the basket. If your basket is very close to the wheel (or fender) you may not be able to use the rack.

Thank you for your concern but don’t worry! Remember that while you’re loading your bike, other passengers are getting on the bus. Most of the time you’ll just be getting on right after them. To test the racks before your first ride, check out ways to practice.

The racks are first come, first served, and sometimes they’re all in use. If you can’t wait for the next bus, here are some ideas:

  • On the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (SR520), you can use a bus that’s on its way back to a base and not in passenger service. See more about traveling SR-520.
  • Bike to a location that has more routes going near where you’re going. That will give you more possible racks. You may have to bike farther at the other end of your bus ride. Check TripPlanner for possible routes.
  • Try to catch your bus earlier in its trip before the rack is full.
  • If you don’t need your bike at the end of your transit trip, consider parking it at your transit stop instead of traveling with it. Check bike parking options.

In this region, bicycles are welcome anytime on buses, light rail, commuter trains, street cars, King County Water Taxi, and vanpools at no extra charge.

Buses – King County Metro and Sound Transit buses carry three bikes on front racks. Load or unload your bike at any regular bus stop. Other agencies in the region also carry 2 or 3 bikes per bus.

Trains – Just roll your bike aboard Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail and Sounder Commuter train or the Seattle Streetcar. Park in the designated areas or stand with your bike.

Boats – The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries have bike racks onboard, depending on the vessel. Washington State Ferries has designated space on the car deck to tie up bikes (requires a small fee). Bicycle racks are also available at most terminals.

Vanpools – Racks can be installed at no charge on Metro vanpools upon request.

Check the list of locker locations to see whether Metro or Sound Transit operates that location. Then follow the instructions to find out about availability and arrange for a locker.

Yes! King County Metro has secure on-demand bike lockers that are available to rent at many locations. If there are on-demand lockers near you, order a BikeLink™ card.

If there are no on-demand lockers where you need them, please make a request by sending an email.

So far we have plenty of lockers available at the places they’re installed. At present there is no reservation system.

We have had leased (keyed) lockers since the mid-1990s. They are popular, but that system means that only 1 person has access to each locker. If that person doesn’t bike on a particular day, the locker sits empty.

As we add new lockers we’re moving to the on-demand style to make parking available to more people at more times. Customers also have flexibility to use any on-demand bike locker in the BikeLink system at anytime.

Send an email to Metro and make your suggestion. We’ll consider factors such as demand, cost and space at the location.

Some bike share bikes will fit in bike racks on buses, but some will not. To find out if your bike share bike will fit on the bus, please contact the bike share company. If you do choose to take your bike share bike on the bus, please make sure that it is unlocked and that it is secured following all standard loading procedures. If the basket prevents the rack arm from fitting over the front wheel, please do not use the rack. Better yet, find another bike share bike at the end of your transit trip and save the rack spaces for personal bikes.

Read more about Types of bikes.

Many cities publish detailed bike maps of their bike routes, and there are regional and state maps as well. Various apps also can help you plan bike travel. You may want to use some time when traffic is light to try several different ways to bike to your usual destination. If you work for a large employer, you may have a commute program that includes bike resources and a buddy who’ll ride with you.

See our list of maps and resources.

Metro is actively planning improvements in how bikes and transit work together. Metro’s long-range plan,, METRO CONNECTS, envisions significant growth in biking and walking as ways that people will reach transit.

See the in METRO CONNECTS for more information.

It depends on the weight and power source. Battery-powered e-assist bikes are accepted as long as the bike and its attachments do not exceed the weight limit of 55 lbs per rack slot. If your battery is removable you can carry it onto the bus to reduce the bike’s weight.

Read more about Types of bikes.

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