Bikes and public transport
This page provides information to help you get around safely and easily when combining bike riding with public transport travel.
To ensure a safe and comfortable journey on public transport, there are rules that apply when carrying conventional and folding bikes.
On-bus bike rack trial
From March 2016 a one year bike rack trial will begin on Melbourne bus routes 510, 512, Bendigo bus route 70 and the Cowes to Wonthaggi bus service.
These routes will have on-bus bike racks, each capable of holding two bikes.
Bikes on metropolitan trains
Bikes can be carried free on metropolitan trains.
You cannot board at the first door of the first carriage, as this is a priority area for mobility impaired passengers.
Make sure you keep passageways and doorways clear and try to avoid busy carriages when travelling with your bike.
Riding your bike on train platforms is an offence under the Transport Act 1983 and poses a danger to you and other passengers. Always walk your bike along the platform and do not mount until you have exited the station.
Bikes on V/Line trains
Folding bikes can be carried free on V/Line trains. For safety reasons, they cannot be stored in overhead luggage racks or parcel racks and must not obstruct walkways.
Although conventional bikes can be carried free on V/Line trains, their carriage depends on space availability.
V/Line has different trains and VLocity and Sprinter trains in particular have limited space for bikes. Therefore V/Line conductors determine whether there is sufficient room for bikes to be taken on V/Line trains.
If you are travelling on a long-distance train to or from Albury, Bairnsdale, Shepparton, Swan Hill or Warrnambool, your bike must be checked at a staffed station at least 30 minutes before your service departs.
For more information about travelling with your bike on V/Line trains, call 1800 800 007.
Folding bikes on trams, buses and V/Line coaches
Only folding bikes that meet the below size criteria can be carried free on trams, buses and V/Line coaches.
A folding bike has small wheels and frame latches that allow the frame to collapse.
To travel on trams, buses and V/Line coaches with a folded bike, your bike must not exceed 82cm long x 69cm high x 39cm wide or have wheel rims of more than 51cm in diameter.
On buses and V/Line coaches, folding bikes cannot be stored in overhead luggage or parcel racks and must not obstruct walkways.
Conventional bikes cannot be carried on trams, buses or V/Line coaches.
Leaving your bike at a station
Locking your bike
When parking your bike on hoops or rails at stations remember to:
- use a good quality lock and chain
- lock both the frame and the wheels to the hoops or rail
- remove any items that can be easily stolen
- park it in a place that is well lit and in full public view
- ensure your bike does not impede access for mobility impaired passengers
Railings along ramps need to be free for people to hold onto.
Bike lockers are available at selected Metro and V/Line stations and can be rented free after paying a bond.
They can be used to store your bike and associated belongings such as helmets, clothes and shoes. Operators are not liable for any loss or damage to items stored in lockers.
At Metro stations, you can hire a locker for up to three months at a time by paying a bond at a Premium Station. Bike lockers at unstaffed stations can be reserved at a nearby staffed station.
Your hire can be extended beyond three months if you renew on or before the expiry date and if the locker is kept clean and is not damaged.
A bond of $100 is required for new lockers with built in locks or $50 for lockers that require you to supply a lock (a duplicate key must be lodged with station staff).
Waiting lists for bike lockers apply at some stations.
For information on booking a bike locker call 1800 800 007.
Parkiteer (stemming from the words 'park it here') bike cages provide undercover, free and secure bike parking at selected stations and major transport interchanges for around 25 bikes.
More Parkiteer bike cages are gradually being installed at stations across the state.
You access a cage with a swipe card once you are a registered user. Movements in and out of the cages are electronically monitored.
Bike cage locations
Bike cages are available at the following stations and major transport interchanges:
- Brighton Beach
- Cardinia Road
- Diggers Rest
- East Malvern
- Ferntree Gully
- Frankston (two cages available)
- Glen Waverley
- Hoppers Crossing
- Laverton North
- Laverton South
- Narre Warren
- Noble Park
- Roxburgh Park
- South Morang
- Sunshine - Monash Street
- Surrey Hills
- West Footscray - Cross Street
- West Footscray - Sunshine Road
- Werribee (two cages available)
- Williams Landing
- Bacchus Marsh
- South Geelong
- Waurn Ponds
- Wyndham Vale
Major transport interchanges
- Doncaster Park & Ride
Bike cages are also listed in station profiles.
You can use Parkiteer bike cages for free.
A $50 deposit for the security card is required and $10 if you need a replacement card.
The cages are managed by Bicycle Victoria and users must be registered.
For more information on bike cages, call Bicycle Victoria on 1800 639 634 or to register, visit parkiteer.com.au.