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To cross Lake Washington on SR 520 (the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge) with a bicycle, travelers can either bike across or load a bike on the rack of any bus, as follows:

On a bus
Use any in-service bus at any bus stop. Stops and routes near ends of the bridge are shown here. Note that the Montlake flyer stop (on SR 520) closes June 22, 2019. Board buses near Montlake at street level for routes that enter or exit the bridge.

On the bicycle/pedestrian path
The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (SR 520) opened a dedicated bicycle/pedestrian path in December 2017, giving more options to cross Lake Washington.

The service to carry extra bikes on SR 520 out-of-service buses will end on June 22, 2019.

As of June 22, 2019, the service to carry extra bikes on SR 520 out-of-service buses must end because there will be no stop at Montlake. On that date the Montlake freeway stops on SR 520 (eastbound and westbound) close permanently due to long-term WSDOT construction.

When construction finishes in several years, new transit stops will be located on a future Montlake lid over the freeway. If you travel SR 520 on Metro or Sound Transit buses—with or without a bike—please check bus service changes in this area.

Learn more about SR 520 Montlake construction.

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.

The hook needs to be able to sit over the top of the wheel, close to the frame. If your basket or rack would prevent that secure position, you may not be able to use the rack. You don’t want your bike to fall off!

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. Bike share e-bikes are too heavy for the racks.

Read more about Types of bikes.

No. The current types of bike share bikes in this region do not fit the racks properly. The basket and light attachment on the pedal bikes prevents the rack arm from fitting high enough over the front wheel. The e-assist bike share bikes exceed the rack’s weight limit of 55 pounds per rack position. Please 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.

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. NOTE: This service will end in mid-2019 due to construction that will close the Montlake flyer stop. 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, passenger ferries, 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 – King County Water Taxis and Kitsap Fast Ferries have racks for 12-26 bikes 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.

Other Metro services - For bike capacity on services that use small vehicles or vans, please refer to the specific services, including DART, Trailhead Direct, community shuttles, and Ride2. Metro’s regular rack loading instructions and rules apply for size, weight, type of bike and accessories.

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.

When using bike share to connect to transit, your most important consideration should be safety and courtesy toward others. Do not park on a rail station platform or inside or in the way of a shelter, bench, sign, information kiosk or ORCA reader. Ride slowly in the presence of other people when approaching the stop. Do not park where the bike will block any pathway leading to the stop. Keep in mind the needs of people who get to the stop and onto the bus in a wheelchair or other mobility device, and those who have vision limitations and could trip over a bike that’s in the pathway. All local cities with authorized bike share have specific rules about parking that can be viewed on their bike share web pages. The cities also provide contacts to report mis-parked bikes.

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

All bike share services in this region are provided by private operators offering dockless bikes, primarily e-assist bikes. Individual cities authorize bike share. As of late 2018, bike share is authorized in Bellevue, Seattle and Bothell, each with specific rules about parking and safety. Lime is the current operator in all of these cities. Jump (red bikes) also operates in Seattle, and Lyft (black and pink bikes) is expected soon. Other cities and operators are potentially starting in the future.

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.

Follow the directions on our Lost and Found page. If the bike is found it will be tagged and you’ll get a case number with instructions on where and how to pick it up. Bikes are too big to store at Metro’s downtown lost and found. Instead, they’ll be held for 10 days at a location in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood with limited weekday-only hours. Once you have a case number, you may authorize someone else to make the pickup for you. Remember that Metro is not responsible for the loss of your property.

First, try our Lost and Found page to see if it’s been found. Also, register your bike on, file a police report in the city where you think the theft occurred, check re-sale shops and sites like Goodwill, Craigslist or OfferUp, and post on Twitter, neighborhood blogs and other sites where neighbors and police may be able to keep an eye open for your bike. Remember that Metro is not responsible for the loss of your property.

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 as described in the plan's Access to Transit chapter. Metro coordinates its bike and pedestrian planning with local cities and Sound Transit, and serves on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Metro has been awarded grants to help several of King County’s cities build safe bike and walk connections to transit, and in the coming years, Metro will add more bike parking at transit locations.

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