Bike-n-Ride Schedules


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BATA Bike-n-Ride Program Adding New Route and Expanding Schedule


Our popular Bike-n-Ride program allows cyclists to pedal paved trails one way and ride the bus back in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. In its second season this summer, the program is growing. And why not? Bike-n-Ride is a fun leisure and social activity for novice or expert cyclists, and it also helps protect our natural environment by reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion. The program was so popular last year (we shuttled hundreds of bikes in just two months), we’ve added a new Loop route as well as additional weeks of service.


Last summer, BATA introduced the seasonal bike transportation program servicing the Traverse City-Suttons Bay Loop route (Route 10) and TART’s Leelanau Trail. This year, we are announcing a second Bike-n-Ride route: Traverse City-Glen Arbor/Empire Village Loop (Route 11). The new route allows cyclists to ride the newly paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail between Glen Arbor and Empire and then ride the bus to any other stop along the route.


In addition, the schedule expands into June as well as servicing the city of Northport, as follows:

  • Traverse City-Suttons Bay/Northport Loop: June 16-August 31
  • Traverse City-Glen Arbor/Empire Loop: June 30-August 31


The one-way bike trips are approximately 17 miles between Traverse City and Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Trail, and 11 miles between Glen Arbor and Empire on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The Bike-n-Ride buses allow for 11 bikes to be transported – at no cost. The bus fare is just $3.00 per-person fare that can be paid on the bus in cash (debit/credit cards not accepted) or with a BATA FlashFare card (details on that program here).


Check out our schedules for both routes and the map below or call BATA at 231.941.2324 with additional questions.


Bike-n-Ride is not an express service; the bus will make regular Loop stops. This is a first-come, first-serve program, so arriving early for pick-up is advised.


Click HERE for a larger image of the schedule shown below.



Click HERE for a larger image of the schedule shown below.



Click HERE for a larger version of the map shown below.