Bikes on MTU

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MTU has a great way to keep you, and the environment, in shape--bike 'n' ride. With a bike rack on every MTU bus, you can make bike riding part of your regular commute.

Ride part way to work and finish your trip aboard a bus, or take the bus one way. A regular ride will help you keep in shape, and save you money on parking, gasoline and car maintenance. Plus, biking and busing helps curb traffic congestion and preserve air quality in La Crosse.

Consider the Bikes on MTU option for fun, too. Taking a bus to a park or bike path can make your trip safer and more fun.

Bike-Locker_SignBike lockers are available for rent at Grand River Station for a yearly $48 dollar fee. Download return the registration form to either Grand River Station or the MTU Office to receive your key.

Free and Easy

Loading and unloading bikes on the rack is easy and there is no extra cost for bringing your bike. The rack, attached to the front of the bus, holds two bicycles. The racks have simple instructions posted right on them. Bikes in the rack don’t touch each other, the bus, or other vehicles.

Each bike can be loaded or unloaded independently. You don’t need to move one bike to reach the other. The rack holds most wheel and frame sizes. Some bike sizes or attachments may prevent the use of the rack. Driver discretion applies.

MTU welcomes you--and your bike--whether you want to bike 'n' ride to work, school, or for shopping or recreation.

Loading Your Bike

As the bus approaches, have your bike ready to load. Remove water bottles, pumps, and any loose items that might fall off. Tell the driver you're going to load your bike.

Always load your bike from the curb side of the bus. Follow these simple steps when loading your bike:

  1. Squeeze the metal handle up to release latch, then fold down the bike rack.


  2. Life your bike onto the rack, fitting wheels into the slots. Each slot is labeled for front and rear wheels. Please load you bike in the outside slot first.

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  4. Raise and release the support arm over the top of the front tire, aligned with the axle. Make sure the support arm is resting on the tire and not on the fender or frame.

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Unloading Your Bike

For safety reasons, it is very important to tell the driver you need to unload your bike when you approach your stop. Always unload your bike from the curb side of the bus. Follow these easy steps when unloading your bike:

  1. Raise the support arm off the tire. Move the support arm down, out of your way.
  2. Life your bike out of the rack.
  3. Important: You MUST fold up the bike rack if there is no other bike in the rack.


  • Permits are no longer required to use the bike racks. If you have questions about using the bike rack, please ask your driver for assistance, or call the MTU office for a demonstration.
  • All people using the rack must be strong enough to load and unload their bike.
  • Bike racks are first come, first served. Each bus can carry two bikes.
  • The front wheel of the bike closest to the bus should face curbside. The front wheel of the second bicycle must face the bus driver’s side.
  • There is no additional fare for using the rack.
  • Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult to load and unload bikes.

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