NICE's Bike & Ride service starts July 12th!

NICE has fitted our 60ft Articulated vehicles with bike racks for this program Use this guide to learn about safely using NICE with your bike to travel on the n6 or Jones Beach on the weekends!

NICE is launching a new Bike & Ride program starting July 12th, 2021.  All n6Xpress Articulated buses, serving Jamaica-Hempstead Transit Center along Hempstead Turnpike,  will feature a bike rack on the front bumper that accomodates two bikes.  Additionally, you can load your bike on these Artic buses and head to Jones Beach from Hempstead Transit Center and Freeport Saturdays and Sundays this summer. 

PLEASE NOTE, CURRENTLY ONLY ARTICULATED BUSES ARE OUTFITTED WITH BIKE RACKS.  View our n6X articulated schedule here.  Weekday trips with bike racks are noted 

WATCH OUR BIKE & RIDE HOW TO VIDEO HERE

How to Load and Unload your bike (NOTE: NICE drivers CANNOT handle your bike....passengers are responsible for racking and unracking) 

Using our bike racks is a simple process.  Our bike racks can accomidate bicycles with 16" wheels or larger with a maximum  tire width up to 3".  No child or motorized bikes are allowed.  Please remove all loose items from your bike before loading such as water bottles, locks, pumps or child seats that could fall off while the bus is motion..

Click here to download our NICE Bike & Ride Brochure


TO LOAD: 
1)  Inform the Bus Operator:
     Please wait on the sidewalk at the bus stop and hail your operator as he pulls into the stop.  REMEMBER, YOUR BUS
     OPERATOR CANNOT LEAVE THE BUS AND HELP YOU RACK YOUR BIKE. 
   

2)  Lower the Rack
      With one hand, squeeze/lift the handle located in the center of the rack to release the latch and carefully lower the 
       rack.  

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3)  Load Your Bike:
      Identify the wheel slot labeled "front."  Carefully place the bike in the wheel slots, making sure the front wheel is 
      positioned in the front wheel slot and that both tires fit snuggly in the wheel slots.  Please use the wheel slot closest
      to the bus, if it is free, so that loading a second bike on to the rack is possible.

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4)  Secure your Bike:
      Swing the support arm up and over your bike's front tire to secure the bike to the rack.  Make sure the support arm
      fits suggly over the front tire.  Do not lock your bike to the bike rack frame. 

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5)   Board the Bus:
      Try and choose a seat near the front of the bus to keep and eye on your bike.  Remember to remind your bus operator
       that you need to unrack your bike as you deboard the bus.

TO UNLOAD: 
1).  Inform Your Operator:
     
 Remind your Operator as you leave the bus, that you need to unrack your bike.  

2).  Raise the support arm off the tire.
       Lift/swing the support arm off of the tire and back under the rack, the arm's spring action will snap it back into place.


3).  Remove Your Bike:
      Check your surroundings to make sure you have space to safely remove your bike.  Lift the bike up and out of the rack.
      
4).  Raise the Rack:
       IF THERE IS NO OTHER BIKE ON THE RACK, REMEMBER TO RAISE THE RACK BACK TO ITS UPRIGHT POSITION.
 
       To raise the rack, simply squeeze the handle and return the rack to its upright position against the bus.  The rack will
       click into place and lock.  Please make sure that the rack is locked and secure before stepping away from the bus.

5).   Step Away From the Bus With Your Bike
       Once you and have removed your bike (and if empty, the rack has been raised and locked in place) walk your bike
       towards the curb, so that the bus may depart safely.  

NICE Bike & Ride Code of Conduct

NICE IS NOT RESPSONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS OR THEFT OF A BIKE.

Bicyclists are responsible for securing and carefully removing their bicycle on NICE BUS.  Bus operators cannot assist in this process.

Always wait for the bus to stop completely, make sure the driver sees you and load your bike from the curb or in front of the bus.  Loading or unloading bicycle from the street side may cause injury or death.

Remember to raise the rack after removing your bicycle.

Bicyclists are responsible for any personal injuries or loss as a result of their negligence on NICE buses.

Bicyclists are responsible for any loss of personal property.  Always keep an eye on your bike and remember it when you get off the bus.

If you forget your bike, call Lost and Found at 516-296-4102