Bikes and Public Transit

ddot-brochureBiking can make public transit a better option and vice versa. A bike can get you to a transit stop or your final destination faster. Using transit can make a long bike trip more reasonable.

Fortunately public transit in Detroit accommodates bikes.


Bike racks are installed on most of the DDOT buses and there is no additional fee to use them. Space on the rack is available on a first-come, first-served basis. DDOT has a Bikes on Buses User Guide that provides more information on this service.


All SMART Fixed Route buses have bike racks. Like DDOT, there is no additional charge to use them. For more information, visit their web page on how to use the bike rack or watch their short video.

UM Detroit Connector

The University of Michigan’s Detroit Connector bus service is open to faculty, staff, students, and the general public. The bus service runs between the UM Detroit Center, UM Dearborn, and UM Central Campus in Ann Arbor. Bike storage is available.

Detroit People Mover

Bicycles are allowed on the People Mover. Nearly all of the People Mover stations also have bike racks.


Bicycles are currently not allowed on the Wolverine line which services Detroit. They are allowed on the Blue Water line which runs from Port Huron to Chicago via Lansing and Battle Creek.

Transit Windsor

The bike racks can now be used on the Transit Windsor Tunnel Bus as of October 31, 2017.

Transit Windsor reminds bicyclists of the following stipulations:

  • All bicycles entering the United States or Canada must be accompanied by an owner or authorized individual.
  • Bicycles making entry to the United States or Canada will remain on the bus rack during the inspection process unless removal is requested by a Customs Officer.
  • Bicycle bags or pouches will be removed and brought into the customs office for inspection, unless the Customs Officer determines it is not feasible or prudent to do so.
  • The bicycles of individuals found to be inadmissible will be removed from the bicycle rack and remain with the owner or authorized individual until they return to the originating country.

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