5508Re: Should bike racks be placed on public transit vehicles?
- Feb 5, 2003In the Denver metro area, bikes on buses works very well. The
regional transit buses allow bikes in the underseat luggage bins.
That's how I got to work today, since the nearest bus stop is about 5
miles from my job, and the roads were too snowy/icy to feel safe on
the shoulder of a 65 mph 4 lane. I have seen as many as 20 bikes on a
bus, although they were recreational mtn bikers catching a ride up
Although I occasionally use the front mounted racks on the local
buses, they do fill up. Allowing overflow bikes inside the bus in
rarely used wheel chair area would fix this (wheelchairs would still
have priority of course). In a true carfree city, heavy transit use
might make bikes and buses harder, tho as a mechanical engineer I
could design much higher capacity external racks. In real-life
sprawling US cities, the bike/bus combo extends coverage area greatly
and I see people using it everyday.
On another note, although I personally expect and hope for increased
gas prices, I agree with JH that car-dependency could continue for a
long time despite them. Many people still choose to drive in Europe,
with gas prices 3-4X US. 80 Mpg hybrids are feasible today, so if gas
prices increase 4X, a 4X increase in Mpg from the ~20 Mpg fleet
average currently would leave motorist cost unchanged.
OTOH, the shocks to the insanely oil-dependent US economy resulting
from increased prices might eventually leave many unable to afford
driving. Not the happiest way to the carfree city.
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