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An open letter on bus bike racks

By johnboy 16 January 2013 44

Dear ACTION,

Last Friday (12 Jan 2013), I left home on my bicycle at 7:10. I reached Osbourne Dr in Macgregor and waited for the 7:27am 703 bus. It arrived bu did not have a bike rack. The next 703 bus arrived at 7:47 and also did not have a bike rack. Finally I caught a 43 bus at 7:57, then had to wait at Belconnen Interchange for a bus with a bike rack to come (that was the third one to arrive). I finally arrived at work at 9am.

It took me also 2 hours to get to work by bike and bus. Not that the buses that did not have bike racks were a SCANIA K320UB and a new Scania K360UA.

I am dismayed that ACTION is buying buses that cannot have bike racks fitted. It is already annoying enough that I have to wait for multiple bases to arrive before one finally turns up with a bike rack. Why are you compound this problem by buying buses that cannot fit bike racks?

It is already hard to convince Canberrans to get on buses, why limit their options to only being able to walk to their bus.

Regards,

Dr Justin Murray

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460cixy 10:23 am 17 Jan 13

Antagonist said :

460cixy said :

The racks are actually illegal you can’t have anything protruding from the front of a vehicle like those racks and it also puts the bus over length I don’t know how there getting away with it

I am pretty sure the ACT government issue themselves with an exemption. Somebody more knowledgable may be able to explain why the same exemption cannnot be extended to the entire ACTION fleet.

I would expect that to be the case anyhow this is the ADR in question 11.1.1. any object or fitting, not technically essential to such vehicle, which protrudes from any part of the vehicle so that it is likely to increase the risk of bodily injury to any person;

KB1971 10:00 am 17 Jan 13

thatsnotme said :

KB1971 said :

I am not so sure about this. Take the 318 & 319 for EG.

I regularly see the 319 as a tag steer jobbie, even at off peak times (2pm one day in Civic trying to get home with a bike, ended up just riding from Tuggeranong) and the 318 as just a 12m jobbie. Both of them start & finish at Lanyon, they just do different sides of the valley.

It seems that they have not divided them evenly between all 300 routes. This is a PITA for me as I rely on the 319, I have had the supervisors say to me “just get on another one” which wont get me home all the way.

BUT the Expresso buses seem to have more racks on them now so I can rely on them (except for the bloke who drives the long 785 in the afternoon…..).

Ha, the 318 / 319 are buses I use as well, but on the other end heading to Kippax – and I rarely if ever see a standard bus doing either route! I had hopes that these services extending to Kippax would give me more options, but the number of them that are steer tag makes it a lottery (and the odds are weighed against me about as much as the lottery too!)

I sure as hell can’t complain though…if I have my bike, there are 5 different buses that can get me near to home in the afternoon. Even with all that choice though, sometimes things can go wrong – like the afternoon I was waiting for the 43 at Belco – which always has a rack – but when it showed up it was an old articulated bus, apparently the only bus left in the depot!

Yah, its on the change. The 318 sitting at the shops waiting to start its run this morning was a tag steer.

Pitchka 9:46 am 17 Jan 13

Bussie said :

damien haas said :

ACTION wont be able to schedule buses with bike racks on specific routes at specific times, because seniority of drivers determines who gets what run, and drivers can also choose what bus they want to drive.

Bulls***. Shifts are picked by seniority. The shift specifies a particular make of bus and if you pick that shift you have to drive that bus.

For someone who seems to think of himself as an expert on public transport you don’t know much do you? Maybe you should stick to playing with your model trains.

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Antagonist 9:21 am 17 Jan 13

460cixy said :

The racks are actually illegal you can’t have anything protruding from the front of a vehicle like those racks and it also puts the bus over length I don’t know how there getting away with it

I am pretty sure the ACT government issue themselves with an exemption. Somebody more knowledgable may be able to explain why the same exemption cannnot be extended to the entire ACTION fleet.

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