From now through Friday, you can ride any King County Metro-operated bus for free. All you need is a bicycle.
Here are the details, from Metro:
As part of Bike Month, King County Metro and Sound Transit are encouraging people to try bike-and-bus trips. During the week of May 14-18, any cyclist loading a bike on a Metro bus or ST Express bus operated by Metro will ride free. ST Express routes included are: 540, 542, 545, 550, 554, 555, 556 and 560.
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Each bus has three spaces on its bike rack, which are available on a first come/first served basis. If the bus bike rack is full, cyclists should be prepared to wait for the next bus or consider leaving their bike parked in a bike rack at a transit facility. Bike lockers are also available at many Metro and Sound Transit facilities.
This offer is good only on the buses mentioned above. It does not apply to Link light rail, Sounder, the South Lake Union Streetcar, or the King County Water Taxi.
For new cyclists who want to try loading their bike in a pressure-free environment, Metro has display bike racks at five locations around the county. They are available at North Seattle Community College, the University of Washington, Bellevue College, Alki Bike and Board in West Seattle, and at the offices of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington in Pioneer Square. Detailed information on hours and locations can be found online.
Are you intimidated by putting your bike on a bus? I know I was the first time I tried it. Here’s a video that demonstrates how to do it (h/t Biking Bis):
Since today was the first day of free rides for folks with bikes, how do you all think it went?