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Bike & Ride
CAT wants to help people get around Savannah as easily as possible, so we’ve equipped our standard buses with bike racks. We’re also launching CAT Bike, Savannah’s first bike share program (learn more below). Ride a bus AND ride a bike–you no longer have to choose just one.
When you take a CAT bus around downtown Savannah, any surrounding area, or one of our beautiful college campuses, you’ll be glad to be able to get around big areas easily without having to walk long distances. CAT customers also bike & ride when their closest bus stop is a distance away or when the closest bus route doesn’t match up with their travel times but a farther bus route does. Don’t have your own bike? No problem. Become a member of our bike share program and borrow one whenever you like.
General information about Catching a CAT with a Bike:
- Your fare covers it. It doesn’t cost anything extra.
- No special passes or training are required.
- Bike racks can hold up to two conventional, two-wheeled bicycles. Space on bike racks is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- You (not the bus driver) are responsible for dealing with your bike and the bike rack during your trip.
- Streetcars, Shuttles, and the Ferry do not have bike racks, but folding bicycles are welcome on board.
How to use the Bike Rack
Click the picture to see the bike-loading steps visually, or read the description below.
- Wait at any bus stop with your bike. Please remove any loose items from your bike before the bus arrives.
- When the bus pulls up, indicate to the operator that you want to load your bike then go to the front of the bus where the bike rack is.
- Unfold the bike rack which folds out forward, away from the bus.
- Lift up your bike and place it, front wheel first, into the wheel slot. When both slots are empty, use the slot closest to the bus first.
- The rack has a support arm in front of each wheel slot. Pull out the one in front of your bike and bring it over the front tire. Make sure everything is secure, but do not lock your bike to the rack.
- Get on the bus and enjoy the ride. Keep an eye out for other riders using the bike rack as you may need to get out and move your bike so they can access their bikes.
- When you’re ready to get off, tell the driver you need a moment to get your bike. Exit the bus at the rear like usual.
- Unhook the support arm, fold it down, and remove your bike. If there are no other bikes on the rack, please fold it up and secure it to the front of the bus.
- For your safety, return to the curb with your bike and wait for the bus to pull out before crossing the street.
An innovative bike sharing program for all your short, downtown trip needs
Visit the CAT Bike website to learn more and sign up today!
General information about the CAT Bike Share program:
- CAT Bike provides residents and visitors an inexpensive and fun way to to execute multi-modal trips.
- It is a membership program that offers several options: Annual, Weekly, and 24-Hour. Corporate and Community Memberships are also in the works.
- This program kicks off with 2 stations: one at the Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center (Rivers Exchange) and one at Ellis Square. Bikes can be checked out and returned to each station interchangeably.
- Cyclists must be 18 years or older. Ages 16-17 permitted with parent or guardian.
- CAT Bike is planned to operate from 5:30 am–11:00 pm. Equipment must be returned by 11 pm.
- Program will not operate during inclement weather.
- Participants must abide by City of Savannah and State of Georgia bicycling laws. Our friends at Visit Savannah also have some helpful information specific to riding in Savannah.
- Use of helmet at all times is strongly recommended.
More Information about Biking in Savannah
The Savannah Bicycle Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to making Savannah better for bicycling, has created a free bike map and guide for Savannah and Chatham County. Click on the image to read the guide or pick up a copy in the lobby of the Transit Center.