The Bike-n-Ride season is late May to mid October. We will see you in May 2023!
Village Loop Route 10 – Suttons Bay/Northport (Leelanau Trail) NOTE: Monday - Saturday
Village Loop Route 11 – Glen Arbor/Empire (Sleeping Bear Trail) NOTE: Temporarily Suspended
BATA offers bus transportation with your bike, so now you can get out and enjoy the trails with BATA's Bike-n-Ride program that allows cyclists to pedal paved trails one way and ride the bus back with their bikes in tow.
The one-way bike trips are approximately 17 miles between Traverse City and Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Trail and 10 miles point to point from Glen Arbor to Empire (temporarily suspended). The Bike-n-Ride buses allow for 11 bikes to be transported — at no extra cost. The regular bus fare is just $3.00 per person (bikes ride free!) and 50% off for students, seniors, veterans, persons with disibilities, and active military. This can either be paid with cash, mobile payment (Journey), or with a BATA FlashFare card. Debit/credit cards are not accepted on the bus but can be used in the transfer centers.
Full schedules are found here:
Route 10 — Suttons Bay / Northport - Monday - Saturday
NOTE: Bike-n-Ride is not an express service; the bus will make regular Loop stops. This is a first-come, first-served program, so arriving early for a pick-up is recommended.
Half the Work. Twice the Fun!
One-way fares (bikes ride free):
- Full fare = $3.00
- Reduced fare = $1.50
- Credit card/debit card not accepted on buses, please purchase passes in the transfer center!
OPTION 1: Ride the Bike-n-Ride Village Loop buses — Route 10 and 11
Biking TART's Leelanau Trail between Traverse City and Suttons Bay and the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail between Glen Abor and Empire is fun and exhilarating, but pedaling both ways can be more than you bargained for if you're not accustomed to biking long distances. That's why BATA and local nonprofit TART Trails have partnered to create a bike transportation program: Bike-n-Ride.
The BATA Bike-n-Ride program lets you bike one way and ride the bus back the other way. This summer, bring your friends, family, or go solo on the trails. Please note that Bike-n-Ride is not an express route; the bus will make regular stops.
What you need to know about Bike-n-Ride:
- Service is available for Leelenau Trail users on the Village Loop Route 10–Suttons Bay (6 days a week) and for Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail users on Route 11–Glen Arbor (temporarily suspended).
- Bike-n-Ride bus accommodates 11 bikes of various types, including child trailers. All other Loop buses are equipped to transport up to three bikes.
- First-come, first-served (we recommend you arrive early).
- Passengers are responsible for loading bicycles; drivers will assist.
- BATA assumes no liability for injuries or damages incurred to bikes, personal property, or persons while using the racks or riding the bus.
- Per person, the one-way fare is $3.00—cash only. Learn more about fare discounts.
OPTION 2: Bring your bike with you on any BATA bus
- Up to three bikes per bus (exterior storage).
- To see a video demonstration by TART Trails Executive Director Julie Clark, click here.
- For rack availability on Link buses, please contact BATA Dispatch Services at 231.941.2324.
- BATA's Bicycle Policy for transporting bikes can be found here.
Check out all of BATA's route maps and schedules.
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