In the recent discussion about bike racks on buses Miz outlined an interesting scam surrounding the current system of free bus rides for people using the bike racks on the front of ACTION buses.
- 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.
Flying Doormat then explained the economics of making this effort:
- 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.
Any thoughts on how this could be policed?
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UPDATED: Caf makes a compelling argument that the maximum saving should be calculated in monthly bus passes and would be $984.