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Bicycle skewers are go!

By S4anta 17 November 2005 25

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.

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 “easy” about 40 times in the two or three minutes I was standing there.

Bus Bike Rack demonstration in Civic

Using the word “easy” 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 didn’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.

Bus Bike Rack Demo in Civic, picture 2

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 don’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.

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richardh9935 4:06 pm 02 May 09

Three and a half years on, and some of the bus drivers have relented, and let the bike thing happen. I know one person who bought a bike just so he’d get a free bus ride.

I bought a folding bike, only to be told it was not allowed on the bus. All contraptions must be in bags, so now I must buy a bag, too. Prams, strollers and wheelchairs are exempt, though.

As an earlier writer put it, why can’t we just roll the bikes onto the bus? (Probably because the bus would then need to look more like a flat-bed truck with gate sides – Hey, that’s very cosmopolitan – we’d look like Indians.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 4:40 pm 18 Nov 05

LG, not at all, I thought everyone around here thought less of me once they saw my skivvies.

Contract ran out a few weeks ago Evictor and they’ve been stuffing me around ever since, probably a good thing as it wasn’t exactly great employment.

Evictor 4:36 pm 18 Nov 05

First losing your job and now having to retract publicly. Not a good week Sammy.

LurkerGal 4:28 pm 18 Nov 05

Are you worried we might think less of you?

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 4:10 pm 18 Nov 05

I agree, but I also agreed to do it thinking I would never have to…as painful as it is (both to myself and the general public who have to endure it), I am not going back on my word.

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