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Bike Rack Success?

By johnboy - 16 November 2008 26

It’s an interesting business watching Jon Stanhope come to grips with the huge Territory and Municipal Services portfolio.

“He’s actually visiting ALL the depots!” slightly awe-struck, and slightly concerned worker bees have been heard to utter over the weekend.

Part of the introduction process to municipal services for all new ministers appears to be a public declaration of love for the rinky little bike racks on the front of buses.

To that end he has announced that October has seen an amazing 28.7% rise in the use of the things to an average 295 bikes a day.

More racks + warmer weather = more usage.

We remain unconvinced that two bikes per bus is the foundation of a true multi-modal system.

What’s Your opinion?


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26 Responses to
Bike Rack Success?
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Lenient 8:30 am
16 Nov 08
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We remain unconvinced that two bikes per bus is the foundation of a true multi-modal system.

Obviously they are not lynchpin that forms the foundation of a booming mass transit system. But they do contribute to a bit of flexibility for travellers. I’ve used it on occassion, the biggest impediment to not using it has been you didn’t know for for which bus would have it on.

So far there have no fatalities from these racks.

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Holden Caulfield 9:51 am
16 Nov 08
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How long does it take to load a bike onto one of these things?

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ACT Light Rail 10:53 am
16 Nov 08
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Im advised there are now two types of bike racks. One plastic, the other metal. I heard a cyclist complaining about the plastic variety, apparently you have to take your pack rack or bike bags off before the plastic racks can secure the bike.

Ive seen bikes loaded and unloaded in about 15-30 seconds. The driver does not have to leave the bus,

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Holden Caulfield 11:03 am
16 Nov 08
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15-30 seconds isn’t too bad I guess. I was wondering if it might take a bit longer and be a bit of an inconvenience for the other passengers.

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taco 1:13 pm
16 Nov 08
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Holden Caulfield said :

15-30 seconds isn’t too bad I guess. I was wondering if it might take a bit longer and be a bit of an inconvenience for the other passengers.

Loading and unloading is rather quick, though I usually try and do it at the interchanges to lessen the inconvenience.

ACT Light Rail said :

Im advised there are now two types of bike racks. One plastic, the other metal. I heard a cyclist complaining about the plastic variety, apparently you have to take your pack rack or bike bags off before the plastic racks can secure the bike.

The bike and ride instructions have always advised to remove all items from the bike, it doesn’t have anything to do with the two styles of rack and the newer one being too weak.

All loose items (e.g. water bottles, bags, bike pumps, helmets) must be taken off the bicycle before placing it on the rack.

I do like having the racks available, even I don’t use them frequently – it’s great for when you rode in the morning and then it’s started raining in the evening, or when you’ve discovered you’ve got a flat from a slow leak when returning to your bike etc

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sepi 2:34 pm
16 Nov 08
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It seems like as good start.

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Davo111 2:37 pm
16 Nov 08
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It takes about 20 seconds to put the bike on the metal framed rack (assuming you’ve removed all the junk off your bike first). I had a bit of trouble the first time i placed it on, and that took about a minute, but I’ll be quicker next time.

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Very Busy 3:08 pm
16 Nov 08
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I was sitting at Woden Interchange the other day. Two guys with bikes were waiting for the next 300 bus to go into the City. A third guy then rides in and sees the two others waiting so he rides off again (only 2 racks on each bus). Then when the 300 bus comes in, the third rider is already on the bus with his bike on the front. He just rode up to the bus stop near Hindmarsh Drive to jump the queue.

You would think that this pratice would slow the bus down – having to do an extra stop to load up the queue jumper.

Perhaps some bus stops should be designated for cyclists and others not.

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bd84 5:27 pm
16 Nov 08
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I doubt the figures can be backed up reliably anyway, the only way is a guess based on drivers say so, since the riders are not required to validate a ticket. Not that the ticket system is reliable anyway.

I also fail to see how it’s helping anything, other than take away fares that could be used to improve services . Also why bother riding a bike if you’re just going to the bus stop? It’s like parking your car at the shops, riding your bike down to the shops loading the bike in the back and driving to work. Rather pointless really.

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miz 7:12 pm
16 Nov 08
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I’ve heard of people getting a free ride by walking their dusty, spiderwebby (ie obviously unused and probably unride-able) bike to the bus stop and using it to get a free bus ride. This from a bus driver. And why wouldn’t you?

All in all, it seems fairly pointless to give bikers a free ride.

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Morgan 7:19 pm
16 Nov 08
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miz said :

I’ve heard of people getting a free ride by walking their dusty, spiderwebby (ie obviously unused and probably unride-able) bike to the bus stop and using it to get a free bus ride. This from a bus driver. And why wouldn’t you?

All in all, it seems fairly pointless to give bikers a free ride.

Why would you bother, just to save $3?

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flying doormat 8:12 pm
16 Nov 08
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Some people are just tightarses – thats why they would get their shitty bikes and walk down to save a few dollars. Oh but if such a tightarse was to take the bus to work for say 200 work days a year at $6.00 a day(return trip) that would equate to $1200 to spend on something else. This is why they should have to pay the same as anyone else who uses the bus service.

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Jonathon Reynolds 8:41 pm
16 Nov 08
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I just love the hypocrisy… it depends on how measure the success for “two wheeled” travellers.
If you are in a wheelchair then you pay a fare to use the bus.
If you are able-bodied on a bike you get to travel for free.

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bigred 9:11 pm
16 Nov 08
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yeah buses should be free for all.

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Holden Caulfield 9:24 pm
16 Nov 08
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Very Busy said :

I was sitting at Woden Interchange the other day. Two guys with bikes were waiting for the next 300 bus to go into the City. A third guy then rides in and sees the two others waiting so he rides off again (only 2 racks on each bus). Then when the 300 bus comes in, the third rider is already on the bus with his bike on the front. He just rode up to the bus stop near Hindmarsh Drive to jump the queue.

You would think that this pratice would slow the bus down – having to do an extra stop to load up the queue jumper.

Perhaps some bus stops should be designated for cyclists and others not.

Haha, that’s excellent. You call it queue jumping, I call it initiative. :p

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