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Bike Rack Success?

By johnboy 16 November 2008 26

It’s an interesting business watching Jon Stanhope come to grips with the huge Territory and Municipal Services portfolio.

“He’s actually visiting ALL the depots!” slightly awe-struck, and slightly concerned worker bees have been heard to utter over the weekend.

Part of the introduction process to municipal services for all new ministers appears to be a public declaration of love for the rinky little bike racks on the front of buses.

To that end he has announced that October has seen an amazing 28.7% rise in the use of the things to an average 295 bikes a day.

More racks + warmer weather = more usage.

We remain unconvinced that two bikes per bus is the foundation of a true multi-modal system.

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amarooresident 2:31 pm 17 Nov 08

How many bus runs are there a day? Potentially two bikes per bus adds up to an awful lot I would have thought.

toadstool said :

I used the bike rack on a bus out of the city last week and the bus driver was incredibly angry that I would dare to use the rack on his bus. How unprofessional is that? If he is not happy with the system, maybe it s time he looked at a career change, as I think they are here to stay with racks being rolled out to all buses in the near future, not just the expresses.

Grumpy bus driver is a time honoured tradition handed down from generation to generation. It is part of their training.

shanefos 1:32 pm 17 Nov 08

bd84 said :

I doubt the figures can be backed up reliably anyway, the only way is a guess based on drivers say so, since the riders are not required to validate a ticket…

You are partly right. People with bikes don’t have to validate a ticket, but they are issued a ticket, so their patronage is recorded.

jakez 1:26 pm 17 Nov 08

It’s a good idea, and I’d use it if there were some sort of guarantee that every bus had it (or at least the bus I needed to use). When I last used it, not even every intertown bus had the rack though so it became too time inefficient.

Pity too, if the Fyshwick bus had bike racks I’d never have to drive to work.

tylersmayhem 1:22 pm 17 Nov 08

We remain unconvinced that two bikes per bus is the foundation of a true multi-modal system.

I’d say the original introduction of bike racks with the capacity of only 2 bikes was a smart idea, as a pilot you could say. There is just no winning it would seem. The low scale pilot probably copped s**t for the proposal in the first place, but now it’s seen as a successful idea, it’s copping more of the same because they didn’t outlay more funds on a service that “might” work.

I think it’s great that we have another facility in our city to cater for all if they choose. While it’s another point for those motorists who seem to hate cyclists to add to their list, I’m assuming their lack of comments on this post is because they don’t care, as long as “we” are not riding on “their” roads. Instead, it’s probably widening the hatred for cyclists into the public transport commuter community now.

If there are people cheap enough to go to the trouble of carting their old bikes around to save $2.20 a trip on a bus, then let them have their money (and that’s coming from a tightwad) – they need it more than you I say. That’s unless I decide to use the bike racks legitimately, then I’d consider throwing your bike off the rack so I can use it if they were full.

If I choose to start using this bike rack option, I;d be more than happy to pay the regular fare. You might find that it’s the long term plan anyway – but enticing people to help test the bike rack option with a free ride seems like another smart move.

As for the honking s**tty bus driver situation, I’d be getting their rego or driver number and smacking it not only on here, but to ACTION as well. They should be formally disciplined for giving a bad reputation to a service which already struggles as it is to get commuters using it.

Delish 11:23 am 17 Nov 08

Sorry to happy to write and not check – They do not accept kids bike and alert you by hammering their horn..

Delish 11:21 am 17 Nov 08

Two bike rake system is shit… They do not accept kids bike and they this to you normally with a hammering of the horn… It is real nice to have done to you when you have you child standing there wondering why the bus driver is abusing their mother!

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