Originally Posted by viperred88
speaking of bike racks on some of our buses nobody in our city uses them. Why? Maybe it has to do with taking too much time to lock them in. Other than that I don't really have an answer
Well, let's see. Only on a handful of buses, only guaranteed on the 60 Pembina, and even then the buses don't always have them. It's been a pilot program for, what, 7 years now? They either need to drop it altogether, or widely expand the number of bike racks. Just think, someone lives in East ST. Paul, can bike to Glenway Loop, throw their bike on the bus, ride to work downtown and then if they feel like it ride all the way home after work. Right now there are a handful of people that ride to Glenway loop and lock their bikes to poles around there, trusting that no one will steal their bikes while they are at work. If people know the rack will be there, they will use it.
Most bus drivers don't like the racks. In use they stick out quite far in front of the bus. The initial pilot program and a second brand of rack which didn't stick out so far when only one bike was on the rack. Irregardless, if a cyclist has used the rack once, then the next time it should only take a few seconds to secure it. I only know of one case where a bike has fallen out of a rack, and that was a case of being improperly secured. Liability is on the cyclist when that happens. Then there's always the risk of theft.....