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Bus-bike trial cancelled

By Kerces 31 October 2005 25

Steve Pratt brings us the slightly odd news that the bike racks on buses trial has been prematurely cancelled.

Apparently the 2004-05 June Quarter Capital Works Progress Report has the word “cancelled” beside the $345,000 ‘Bicycle Racks on ACTION Buses’ program.

Not-the-transport Minister Simon Corbell told the Assembly earlier in October that the bike rack trial was due for completion in November.

It has been suggested on this site previously that the bike racks on the front of buses were illegal because they make the buses longer than the standard size. Certainly the few buses I have seen that are fitted with bike racks have had make-shift signs tied to the racks which say they are not to be used.

So what we appear to have here is a trial of a perfectly good idea where the practicalities were not thought through and, as a result, it’s been cancelled before completion and presumably money has been wasted on fitting the racks which cannot be used.

UPDATE Mr Pratt’s got another effort out here in which he says during today he’s talked to a number of his constituents and they all remarked on the “not in operation” signs tied onto the bike racks (he could have saved himself some time and just looked here). Anyway, he now wants to know not only why the program has been cancelled, but why the bike racks being trialled aren’t even in use.

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Samuel Gordon-Stewart 11:06 pm 02 Nov 05

Naturally if it came to that I would submit a story of apology…and if that fails, post a comment.

I respect the site owners right to editorial policy and ownership, especially after the gazillion loony spammers who visited my site…and were eventually dealt with.

johnboy 8:48 pm 02 Nov 05

Areaman – The front page of RiotACT is not Samuel’s to determine.

But I imagine we can see our way clear to looking after it in this case.

I still think combining private low power transport (scooters, skates, electric two wheelers, wheelchairs) for suburban transport with buses providing wheel-on access and lift between town centres is a more sensible way forward than rinky two bike racks on the front.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 7:34 pm 02 Nov 05

Areaman, not only will I post a public apology on RA if the bike racks do get used (and not to be drawn out on a technicality, I mean available for public use), but I will personally write a letter to Simon Corbell apoligising for not trusting his word, a letter to ACTION apoligising for any negative publicity I may have generated, and further letters to The Chronicle and Canberra Times editors making further public apoligies.

I still reserve the right to take issue with the extra time it will take for the bikes to get on and off the racks securely, and to have concerns about the bikes which are not properly secured.

michael123 6:52 pm 02 Nov 05

Thanks Simon for the response, but I don’t believe it has cleared up the doubts over the legitimacy of the bike racks…

1. Ok, treasury proved their incompetency by doubly allocating funding for the racks

2. You say the trial wil still go ahead, but I don’t think you really cleared up the concern over the legality of the racks.

“the trail will go ahead when all the racks are installed” – how long can it take?
Ive seen them on buses for a few months now, why not kick it off?

You say not to trust the Pratt, maybe, but all you have shown us is that we sure can’t trust your treasury, and the racks still remain to be trialled. Contoversial; I think so 😛

I think it is fair to question the trial

areaman 10:37 am 02 Nov 05

So Samuel will you post a public apology on the front of RA if/when they are used?

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