If you love biking, you’re definitely in the right Town! From bike lanes, to bikeways, and trails, there are routes in and around to get you where you want to go.
Bikes on Buses
While bicycles and other recreational vehicles can’t come inside the Saint John Transit City buses or regional COMEX buses with you, you can bring your bicycle along as a growing number of the new buses have special bike racks mounted on the front. Use of the bike rack is included with your regular fare. Non-motorized, two-wheeled bikes can be loaded onto the bike racks.
Loading Your Bike
Before the bus arrives, get your bike ready by removing any loose objects like water bottles and pumps that could fall off. Indicate to the operator from the curb that you will be loading your bike. Before loading your bike, allow other cyclists to remove their bikes first. Make sure to load your bike from the front or curb side of the bus.
- Fold down bike rack by squeezing the release latch.
- Lift your bike onto the bike rack, fitting the tires into the wheel wells. Each slot is labeled for front and rear wheels. Make sure that the first bike loaded is placed on the holder closest to the bus.
- Raise and place the support arm out and up over the top of the front tire to secure it in place.
Removing Your Bike
Before you reach your stop, tell the operator you will be unloading your bike, then exit by the front door.
- Pull the support arm out and down over the front tire to release your bike.
- Lift your bike out of the tire rack.
- Fold up the rack to the locked position.
- Signal to the operator that you are clear of the bus.
If the rack is full, please wait for the next bus.
Rules of the Road
As in other regions of Canada, cyclists must follow the same laws as drivers of motor vehicles.
- Cyclists moving slower than normal traffic speed should drive in the right-hand lane, or as safely to the right as practical (except when preparing to turn left)
- Cyclists have the right to use a full lane of traffic, when travelling on the right side of a roadway is hazardous or does not allow them to maintain a straight, predictable line
- Cyclists belong on the road, not the sidewalk; walk your bicycle on the sidewalk or when crossing a street by way of an activated signalized crosswalk
- Motorists and cyclists must obey road signage, markings, and traffic signals
- Motorists and cyclists must signal their intention to turn or stop
- Motorists and cyclists should drive/ride responsibly and defensively, be properly equipped, watch for hazards, and make sure they are seen, and drive/ride in a predictable manner
- Yield to all pedestrian crossings
- Yield to a bus when it is leaving a stop
Some of the more specific points of the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act are:
- when ridden at night, bicycles must have a front white headlight and a red rear reflector
- bicycles must be equipped with a bell or horn
- cyclists must use hand signals to indicate a turn or stop
- bikes must be in good working order
- when a bike path is located adjacent to a roadway, cyclists are required to use the path
- cyclists of all ages must wear an approved bike helmet