"Bike buses" are the new best way to get to school: a group ride picks up kids near their homes, and everyone rides to school together. Being in a group improves safety, and there are dedicated "marshals" assisting with intersections and making sure no one is left behind.
Sign up here and Bike JC will help coordinate one in your area!
Next Bike Bus: Friday, June 2
Next Bike Bus is Friday, June 2!
Here are the routes we plan to run (subject to change!):
More info about each route:
- Red line: Heights to West Side
- Orange line: Bergen Lafayette to Downtown
- Yellow line: Downtown, West Side, JSQ
- Green line: JSQ, Heights, Downtown
- Blue line: Heights to Hoboken
- Purple line: Heights, Western Slope
- Pink line: Paulus Hook / PS16
- Aqua line: West Side to Downtown
- Silver line: Communipaw to West Side
- Gold line: Communipaw, Bergen Lafayette, Greenville
- Teal line: McGinley Square to Greenville
If you don't see a route that works for you, let us know and make sure you and your school-mates are signed up. The more signups we get from each school, the easier it is to plan a route there, ensure there will be sufficient bike racks, etc.
School Signup Standings
Get your school to sign up, so that we can plan Bike Bus routes there!
Previous Bike Buses
Bike Bus #4: Thursday, May 25
- The pink line was extended to include Hudson Montessori, French Academy, Scandi School, and other Hamilton Park schools, for folks coming from the Van Vorst / Paulus Hook direction!
- The silver line also now runs up Bergen Ave (from Union to Belmont), where it meets the red line, and drops off at PS 17, LCCS, and Three Little Birds.
Bike Bus #3: Friday, May 19
We added a new route this week, the "silver line" from Communipaw / Bergen Lafayette to the West Side (Three Little Birds, LCCS, PS 17)
Bike Bus #2: Friday, May 12
We ran another Bike Bus on Friday, May 12, and are hoping to keep running them each Friday.
Bike Bus Pilot: Wednesday May 3
On National Bike, Walk, & Roll to School Day, we ran 7 Bike Bus routes around Jersey City:
What do I need to bring?
A lock and helmet are required.
Where will we lock up our bikes?
The city is providing temporary bike racks at schools that were mentioned as not having any (at sign up)
You do need to being your own lock though!
Does the Bike Bus go home from school as well?
No, this is ride TO school only.
Will the roads be closed?
No. There will be volunteer marshals – with hi-viz vests and radios – at the front and back of each group, to keep everyone safe.
The routes have been chosen to make the most out of the city's bike lane network. Children up to 12 are allowed to be on the sidewalk, so that's also an option at certain spots (please be mindful of pedestrians!).
Are scooters allowed?
Yes! Though parents should accompany kids, help them onto the sidewalk in places, if necessary, etc.
Do I need to ride the whole route?
If where you need to be is outside the route, you can of course peel off the group with your child but please let us know in advance or let one of the marshals know.
Students whose parents signed them up, and are joining alone, need to go the route with Bike JC. Parents also need to sign the waiver.
Will we be on time for school?
That's the plan, and we have calculated extra time for traffic and/or construction. Hopefully, there won't be unforeseen circumstances out of our control.
You can click around the map to see timelines for each route.
Biking to school, in this weather?
Yes, biking is fun in most kinds of weather. Kids especially don't think twice about it if dressed for the occasion. Luckily there is no rain in the forecast, and we will have music on the ride to help you forget it's not yet summer.
Bike Bus Inspiration
"Oregon School’s Unique Way Of Getting Students To Class: A ‘Bike Bus’"
"Kid Wheel Power: Barcelona Bici Bus is Magic"
"Bike Bus for Earth Day"
- "I Started a Bike Bus, and You Can Too" (WIRED)
- "How to Set Up a Bike Bus at Your School"
- sfbikebus.com / @SFBikeBus
- #BikeBus on Twitter