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Re: WorldTransport Forum Re: bike/transit PS

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  • John Whitelegg
    Dave, Excellent points. Please let us have an article for WTPP and (if you agree) conclude with a rail/bike charter which we can press government and railway
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 9, 2006
      Excellent points.  Please let us have an article for WTPP and (if you agree) conclude with a rail/bike charter which we can press government and railway companies to accept.  What exactly do we want and how are these wants linked to delivering already agreed policy objectives.  Your e-mails already indicate the range of wants but an article would be really useful.
      let me know
      very best wishes
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      Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 2:08 PM
      Subject: Re: WorldTransport Forum Re: bike/transit PS

      PS European Cyclists Federation paper 133  reviews Dutch cycling to stations, and the 30% main figure quoted for cycling to the station converts to 60% for trips between 1.5 and 4 Km.

      The value of cycle carried commuters cannot be accurately given but I believe we can do this after discussing a UK programme of meeting cyclists parking at rail stations to promote bike security, which has no resources to survey the people coming in to find out what they spend on rail travel, or where they come from to the station etc.  I've discussed the idea of a project to do this with a few people, but as yet no firm framework.  Rail operators admit they have no such data either.

      It comes home with a simple bit of maths - at Woking there are now well over 200 bikes per day parked by commuters (the parking is noticably emptier at night), and yet more slip on to trains with bikes (folding and conventional).  The off-peak services can see up to 10% of the passenger count travelling with bikes, and some routes (Redhill-Guildford) can clock 20% of their passengers travelling with bikes on certain services. No one is accurately reporting this.  Taking just the parked bikes at Woking, and a typical annual commuter ticket cost of just under £2500, we are dealing with income of around £0.5million per year for the passengers who require a bent bit of steel in the ground with a 1-off cost of under £100 per bike for minimum provision.   Compare this with a cost of around £3000 for a basic car parking place, and around £500/year for CCTV, lighting, and management for a cr-based customer.

      The Caltrain project, which spent $60,000 (costing Caltrain $30,000) and delivered a 1400% increase in bikes on trains over 3 years, and 1000 passengers-worth of return trips per day, with the ANNUAL cost of an equivalent free bus service ($50,000) or the cost of 1000 car parking spaces, and their annual maintenance cost... no contest?

      We now have in the UK the beginnings of at-station bike hire (£1.50 per hour from York & Lancaster and near St Pancras and £0.30p for 15 minutes with another system in West London (Olympia, West Brompton, Putney Bridge, Willesden Junction, Shepherds Bush, White City, etc), but still Public Transport operators sit with their heads in the sand.

      Additionally the introduction of low floor roll-on buses to rural services, means a valuable option to test bike carriage with minimum cost for racks, and trailers, is largely ignored.  A 2-bus service in Sheffield is reported to be carrying 30 bikes per month with minimal promotion.  In Europe this is widely accepted practice and rarely questions, but we still have little date on take-up of the service   

      Dave Holladay

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