The Region of Waterloo has more than 500 kilometres of bikeways and multi-use trails. Visit the Region’s Cycling page to learn more about the network.

Bike racks

Bike racks are available at most ION LRT stations, ION Bus stations, and iXpress stops. Bike racks are also available at Cambridge Centre Station and Sunrise Centre Station.

Bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters, and other personal vehicles on transit

Grand River Transit has updated its policies to make it easier to combine your journey with public transit.

Please remember that personal vehicles cannot be ridden on/through bus stops or ION station platforms. Please walk and/or carry your personal vehicle.

What can I bring on board?

Bicycles

Definition:
Graphic of a bicycle

  • Two-wheeled, pedal-powered (no motor).

Bringing your bicycle on the bus

Please walk/hold on to your bike at bus stops.

Bikes should be carried on the bike rack located on the front of the bus. Children’s bikes that do not fit on the rack may be brought on board if space permits.

Cargo bikes and other wide/large bicycles partially block aisles/doors and cannot be accommodated on board GRT buses and ION trains.

Bicycles must not block the aisles. If the bus is full, you will not be permitted to board the bus and will have to wait for the next bus. If you are already on board when the bus fills up, you can remain on the bus until you reach your destination.

Learn how to load your bicycle on the bus bike racks

Bringing your bicycle on the train

  • Please walk/hold on to your bike at station platformsMan standing with bicycle in priority seating area
  • Board through the train’s double doors.
  • Stand with bike in the priority seating area if unoccupied.
  • Hold on to your bike at all times with a wheel brake engaged to prevent it from moving or slipping.
  • Please note that passengers with bikes must vacate the priority seating area for persons with disabilities
  • If you have to move, ensure your bike is not blocking aisles or doors.
  • If an arriving train is full, do not board. Please wait for a train with available space.
  • Cargo bikes and other wide/large bicycles partially block aisles/doors and cannot be accommodated on board GRT buses and ION trains.

Reminder – don't ride your bicycle at stops and stations, or on buses and trains. This is a hazard for fellow customers and you.

E-bikes

Definition:Graphic of a pedalec-style e-bike

  • Also known as battery-assisted, pedal-assisted, or pedal-electric bicycles (Pedelec).
  • Traditional bicycle with battery-powered electric motor to provide pedal assistance when travelling.
  • Battery-assisted pedal bikes still require pedalling/muscle power to move.

Battery-assisted bicycles ARE NOT permitted on GRT buses

  • Many bikes with electric motors still weigh more than the maximum allowable “per bike” limit for the bus bike rack.
  • To prevent damage to the rack, bus, and you, bikes with electric motors cannot be accommodated at this time.
  • To ensure space is available for riders with mobility aids or strollers, bus bike racks must be used for bikes whenever they are available.
  • Charging personal vehicles at GRT bus stops and on ION station platforms is not allowed. Charging cords and cables create a tripping hazard for other passengers.

Battery-assisted bicycles ARE permitted on ION trains

  • Follow the instructions for boarding a train with a traditional bike
  • Please turn off / power down your device before you board.
  • Electric mopeds and other large e-bikes are not allowed on ION trains. 
  • Charging personal vehicles at GRT bus stops and on ION station platforms is not allowed. Charging cords and cables create a tripping hazard for other passengers.
  • Gas-powered motorized bikes are not allowed on GRT buses or ION trains

Reminder – don't ride your bicycle at stops and stations, or on buses and trains. This is a hazard for fellow customers and you.

Electric mopeds, electric motorcycles, and other large e-bikes

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  • Any e-bike that does not look like a traditional bicycle, and/or cannot move with pedals/muscle power alone.

Electric mopeds, and other large e-bikes are not allowed on GRT buses or ION trains.

  • Electric mopeds and other large e-bikes are too large for bus bike racks and train floor areas and are likely to inconvenience, obstruct, interfere or jeopardize the safety of other passengers or damage GRT property.
  • Charging personal vehicles at GRT bus stops and on ION station platforms is not allowed. Charging cords and cables create a tripping hazard for other passengers.

Reminder – don't ride your e-bike at stops and stations, or on buses and trains. This is a hazard for fellow customers and you.

Scooters (Stand-up kick style, electric and non-electric) 

Definition:Graphic of scooter and folded scooter

  • Personal vehicle with platform for feet and steered with waist-high handlebars
  • Can be motorized (electric)

Only folding scooters are allowed on GRT buses and ION trains. If your scooter cannot fold, it is not allowed on GRT buses or ION trains.

  • Please fold your scooter and hold on to it at all times at stops and on GRT buses.
  • Please turn off / power down your device before you board.
  • Charging personal vehicles at GRT bus stops and on ION station platforms is not allowed. Charging cords and cables create a tripping hazard for other passengers.

Reminder – don't ride your scooter at stops and stations, or on buses and trains. This is a hazard for fellow customers and you.

Skateboards, roller blades, and other personal transportation vehicles (electric and non-electric)

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  • Any small personal vehicle that can be carried. 

If you cannot carry and hold on to your personal transportation vehicle, it is not allowed on GRT buses or ION trains.

  • Customers must hold skateboards and other personal transportation vehicles of this nature should be held at all times at bus stops, station platforms and on GRT buses and trains.
  • Roller blades, roller skates, or similar items must be removed and carried before entering bus stops and station platforms, and cannot be worn on GRT buses or ION trains. Customers must wear proper footwear like shoes while riding GRT buses and ION trains.
  • Please turn off / power down your device before you board.
  • Charging personal vehicles at GRT bus stops and on ION station platforms is not allowed. Charging cords and cables create a tripping hazard for other passengers.

Reminder – don't ride/use skateboards, roller blades, or other personal vehicles at stops and stations, or on buses and trains. This is a hazard for fellow customers and you.

Mopeds, motor scooters, or any other gas-powered vehicles

Definition:Graphic of a moped

  • Gas-powered, limited or full speed motor vehicles.

Gas-powered motorized vehicles are not allowed on GRT buses, bus stops, ION trains, or station platforms.