UCSC Bike Shuttle Information

Please Note: Due to the unexpected attrition of six Campus Transit drivers, including three in the last week, TAPS has made the difficult decision to suspend the Bike Shuttle, in addition to other temporary service level reductions. The Bike Shuttle will continue to run through May 5th, and service will be suspended beginning May 8th and until further notice. Due to recent retirements as well as employee leaves due to illness, injury, and other personal reasons, TAPS cannot continue to support the Bike Shuttle for the remainder of the spring quarter.

METRO buses continue to operate as scheduled and all feature bike racks for passenger use. If purchasing an e-bike is an option for you, many local bike shops offer financing which are compiled here.

TAPS will reevaluate the need for the Bike Shuttle for the summer and fall quarters.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to provide transit service to the extent our resources allow.

TAPS operates bike shuttle service from the CVS on Mission Street (at Olive) on weekday mornings during fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters. No fare is required at this time; however, because the service is funded by student and staff parking fees, the Bike Shuttle service is provided to UCSC affiliates only.

The weight limit for bikes, including bags and accessories is 55 lbs. E-bikes that exceed 55 lbs are not permitted.

A PDF showing safe routes to the UCSC Westside Bike Shuttle is available.

Follow TAPS on Twitter (@ucsc_taps) for real-time schedule change announcements. 

UCSC Bike Shuttle Service During Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters

  • Trips depart every 30 minutes between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. with an additional trip at 9:15 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Trips depart from Mission & Olive Street on the hour, and at :30 after the hour.
  • Drop-offs on campus are at the Physical Plant Metro Stop on the lower campus, and at the Engineering 2 Circle on the upper campus.

Getting to the Bike Shuttle Safely

Mission Street is a major truck route through the Westside of Santa Cruz. In the interest of bicyclist safety, routes that minimize bicycle travel time along this thoroughfare are recommended.

If traveling from the ocean side of Mission:

  • Travel north on Bay Street to Mission.
  • Use the left-turn pocket and “protected left” arrow at the traffic signal to turn safely onto Mission.
  • Ride one block to Olive Street.
  • Turn right to reach the Bike Shuttle Pick-Up point.

If traveling from the UCSC side of Mission:

  • Travel along King Street to Bay Street.
  • Turn onto Bay Street and head toward the ocean.
  • Turn right onto Toledo and proceed to Olive and the Bike Shuttle Pick-Up point.

Safety tips when cycling behind a truck:

  • Stay back, position your bike slightly right within the lane.
  • If you can't see the truck’s mirrors, the driver can't see you.
  • Use hand signals to communicate to drivers.
  • Be Predictable!
  • Obey traffic laws.