ABC is reporting that the bike racks are all a go-go here
RA’s coverage of the unfolding recumbant bike debate can found here and here.
About freaking time, that after all the buggering round that has gone on (not too mention the funds wasted), this has actually started to see the light of day.
From myself to all involved… Well done you knuckle heads. You couldn’t find a root in brothel with fist full of fifties.
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Now, time to start abusing recumbent cyclists….
UPDATED: T_Bone sent in the following via email, with pictures:
Bus bike racks are easy to use.(Action)
Walking through Civic at lunch today I came across Action advertising the new bus bike racks. The attendants were absconding any person riding or walking past and showing them how to get their bikes on and off. I must have heard the word â€œeasyâ€ about 40 times in the two or three minutes I was standing there.
Using the word â€œeasyâ€ a lot is probably a result of the contraption looking relatively cumbersome and the Action marketing people feeling it would scare people off. Personally I think standing in front of an Action bus with a driver at the wheel should be avoided at any time. A bystander I saw have a go didnâ€™t seem have too much trouble getting the bike on and off but did have a little trouble lowering the rack from the front of the bus. At the time the prop bike was being held by the attendant, and seeing that the rack lowers forward I would assume it would only get more difficult if you had to hold your bike in one hand, operate the lever in the centre of the rack and then shuffle back to let it lower. Now that your bike is on the rack you only have to deal with the disgruntled stares from the other passengers on the bus who had to wait.
On passing the display again about an hour later the group had grown (see pic 2) with a camera crew, a few official suits and a line up of cyclists to the left. Some local riding groups had obviously been called in to provide support for the display.
What I find amusing is that they only hold two bikes. Imagine waiting for a bus to find the bike rack full. You are also limited to only travelling with one other bike riding friend.
Coming from Brisbane where they have had the bus bike racks for some time I am surprised to see them in Canberra. Mainly because I donâ€™t think they are used very often for the cost of installation. My friends and I often joked that you were more like to see a Yeti in Brisbane than a bike on one of those racks. To this day I have never actually seen a bike on the front of one.