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Bike cage uptake less than enthusiastic

By 18 April 2011 14

belconnen bike cage

Last month we marvelled at the Bike>Park>Ride cages being installed at bus facilities at some expense.

This morning Danni sent in the above photo with this comment:

Took this photo on friday afternoon. Since the grand opening of the bike shed at the new “not an interchange” several weeks ago, we have not seen a single bike in it. Some have suggested it would serve better as a drop off point for trolleys, for people catching the bus (note trolleys at mid LHS of picture).

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14 Responses to Bike cage uptake less than enthusiastic
#1
Bluey10:00 am, 18 Apr 11

Going past the cage on Flemington Road each day it too has been devoid of any bicycles since its creation

#2
eily10:23 am, 18 Apr 11

Or a ‘bird’ cage even. Sorry just can’t stop reading bird for bike.

#3
Gerry-Built10:26 am, 18 Apr 11

When they built a bike shed at our school (at considerable cost), the bottom rail of the security mesh was high enough to allow kids to slide under… at least this one looks better-built… It gets much better use ;-)

#4
Keijidosha10:30 am, 18 Apr 11

What I find laughable are the bike tethering hoops being installed at bus stops right across the ACT. Who in their right mind would leave their bike chained up in the middle of suburbia all day for vandals and thieves? My bike is only a moderately priced bit of kit, but there’s no way I’d risk leaving it at my local bus stop all day.

#5
colourful sydney rac10:33 am, 18 Apr 11

interchange child care centre?

#6
Rawhide Kid Part312:04 pm, 18 Apr 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

interchange child care centre?

+1

#7
Jivrashia1:06 pm, 18 Apr 11

I would’ve mistaken this as a street art if I didn’t know better…

Looks pretty (in someone’s eyes), costs the ACT taxpayers money, while providing no practical benefit.

#8
loopol1:14 pm, 18 Apr 11

I catch the bus from the bus stop with the cage on flemington road every morning and have never seen a single bike inside.

#9
LMR1:34 pm, 18 Apr 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

interchange child care centre?

+1

Or potential overflow accomodation for the Hume Hilton.

#10
puggy2:04 pm, 18 Apr 11

loopol said :

I catch the bus from the bus stop with the cage on flemington road every morning and have never seen a single bike inside.

To be fair, it hasn’t been operating that long, and you do need to register I think. In any case, it’ll take a huge change in mindset for normal people to start pedaling to the bus stop. Plus, you need a special type of beater bike that is reliable yet you don’t mind getting slightly damaged in a communal cage.

There are only two cage sites I think, but many more locker sites. There are lockers at Gungahlin.

#11
colourful sydney rac2:23 pm, 18 Apr 11

LMR said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

interchange child care centre?

+1

Or potential overflow accomodation for the Hume Hilton.

It can be both. Work experience for detainees and discounted child care – what could possibly go wrong?

#12
damien haas6:38 pm, 18 Apr 11

Almost every instance of architecture used on Action stops, interchanges etc in the last ten years has been an epic fail.

Shelters that dont provide any. Bike cages with no bikes. Glass bus stops that invite vandalism.

Im convinced that just like the actual network planning, the interchanges and shelters are designed by people who never use public transport.

#13
grass5:06 am, 19 Apr 11

Is this another example of the power of Pedal Power wasting more tax payer dollars?

#14
BicycleCanberra9:20 am, 19 Apr 11

This is a fairly cheap option compared to Car park and ride ,for the cost of the Mawson car park and ride you are able to install more bike parking facilities across a wider area. This is what we call integrated transport. This types of facilities are common in the Netherlands ,Denmark,Japan ,Sweden ,Germany ,etc.. As Canberra is spread out but designed as a transit city ,having facilities like these gives many people options.I would say poor pathway connections and lighting may be the reason for the slow uptake not to mention our very low bicycle use is at just 2.7%.Why not give it a go!

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