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