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Veolia Transportation

Bike & Ride

The RTA wants to help our riders get around New Orleans as easily as possible, so we’ve equipped all our standard buses with bike racks.

Feel free to take your bike along for the ride. Use this service when you take an RTA bus to places like the French Quarter, City Park or Audubon Park, or college campuses. You’ll be glad to be able to get around big areas easily without having to walk long distances. RTA customers also use Bike & Ride when their closest bus stop is a distance away or when the closest bus route doesn’t match up with their travel times but a farther bus route does.

General information about the RTA’s Bike & Ride service:

  • Your fare covers it. It doesn’t cost anything extra.
  • No special passes or training are required.
  • It’s available on all standard RTA buses at all times.
  • Bike racks can hold up to two conventional, two-wheeled bicycles. Space on bike racks is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • You (not the bus driver) are responsible for dealing with your bike and the bike rack during your trip.
  • Streetcars do not have bike racks, but folding bicycles are welcome on board.

How to use Bike & Ride

  • Wait at any bus stop with your bike. Please remove any loose items from your bike before the bus arrives.
  • When the bus pulls up, go to the front of the bus where the bike rack is.
  • Unfold the bike rack which folds out forward, away from the bus.
  • Lift up your bike and place it, front wheel first, into the wheel slot. When both slots are empty, use the slot closest to the bus first.
  • The rack has a support arm in front of each wheel slot. Pull out the one in front of your bike and bring it over the front tire. Make sure everything’s secure. Do not lock your bike to the rack.
  • Get on the bus and enjoy the ride. Keep an eye out for other riders using the bike rack as you may need to get out and move your bike so they can access their bikes.
  • When you’re ready to get off, tell the driver to give you a moment to get your bike. Exit the bus at the rear like normal.
  • Unhook the support arm, fold it down, and remove your bike. If there are no other bikes on the rack, please fold it up and secure it to the front of the bus.
  • For safety, return to the curb with your bike and wait for the bus to pull out before crossing the street.

If you want to practice using a bike rack on your own, we have a portable one at the RTA offices. Visit the ADA Eligibility/ID Center and ask the receptionist to demonstrate the bike rack to you.

Regional Transit Authority
ADA Eligibility/ID Center
2817 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 827-7433

Lost Bikes

If you get off a bus and forget your bike on the bike rack, call the RTA Rideline at (504) 248-3900 for lost items.

If the bus has recently pulled away, the RTA will radio the bus driver and you may be able to pick up your bike when the bus makes its return trip. Lost bikes eventually come back to main RTA facility on Canal Street. Bikes are held for 30 days. After 30 days, lost bikes will be donated.