How to Ride

Bike and Bus

Getting around the Bismarck-Mandan area is now easier than ever for bicyclists thanks to the Capital Area Transit (CAT) bus system. CAT offers riders the chance to take part in the Bike & Bus program! With the CAT Bike & Bus program you can take your bike on the bus. If the nearest CAT bus route is beyond walking distance, bike on over to it, load your bike and away you go!

Download the bike trail maps for Bismarck and Mandan and plan your outdoor ride today!

It's easy to use the CAT Bike & Bus rack:

  • Bicycle racks are mounted on the front of each bus on the fixed route system
  • The instructions are printed right on the rack
  • The rack holds up to two bicycles
  • The rack allows for most bicycle wheel and frame sizes
  • The bike doesn't touch the other bike, the bus, or other vehicles
  • There is no additional charge for your bicycle

Capital Area Transit (CAT) is not liable for damage to the bicycle, except in the event that CAT is found to be negligent or at fault in an accident. Bicycle theft, damage, personal injury loading or unloading a bike, acts by a third party, and all other incidents are solely the responsibility of the rider/cyclist and not CAT.

Loading Your Bike

  • Have your bike ready to load. As you are waiting for the bus, remove water bottles and any other loose items.
  • Always load your bike from the curb side. Pull down the folded rack. Load your bike in the inside position. If there is another bike on the rack load your bike in the open position. You are responsible for loading and securing your bike in the rack. Bus drivers are not allowed to load or unload bikes. (How to Photo 2)
  • Lift the bike onto the rack: each position on the rack is labeled for front or rear wheel.
  • Raise and release the support arm over the front tire.Make sure the support arm is resting on the top of the tire and not on the fender or frame. Your bike is now secured on the rack. (How to Photo 3)
  • Note: if the bike rack is broken or damaged, notify the driver and wait for the next available bus.

Unloading your Bike

  • Tell the driver you will be unloading your bike before leaving the bus.
  • Unload your bike from the curb side for your safety.
  • Raise the support arm off the tire and lower into place. Lift your bike out of the rack. If the rack is empty, fold it up. (How to Photo 4)
  • Step away from the bus with your bike. For your own safety, remember to never cross in front of the bus. Wait until the bus has pulled away before proceeding on your way.