Bike friendly buses

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ratherbeintobago
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Bike friendly buses

Postby ratherbeintobago » 1 Feb 2020, 11:33am

Between Edinburgh and the Borders.

Looks like a good idea: https://www.bordersbuses.co.uk/scotland ... -bus-route

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby Sid Aluminium » 1 Feb 2020, 5:06pm

Over in the EU, Flixbus has found hauling folk's bikes along makes money.

Google "A Smart and Green Cycling Experience for Everyone" from the Eurovelo and Cycle Tourism Conference to see Flixbus' brochure.

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby PH » 1 Feb 2020, 5:35pm

ratherbeintobago wrote:Between Edinburgh and the Borders.

Looks like a good idea: https://www.bordersbuses.co.uk/scotland ... -bus-route

Thanks for that, I'm in the area later this year, I might just use it for the experience.
I've used Flixbus, though they're more a coach company than regular bus.

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby Oldjohnw » 1 Feb 2020, 6:02pm

So far only between Edinburgh and Berwick. The train is less than half the time and often cheaper. But the trains are difficult.
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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby LittleGreyCat » 1 Feb 2020, 8:17pm

https://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/using-a-bicycle-on-public-transport/bike-racks-on-buses/

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6j2iCKV_o4 (this is a video of a bike rack on a bus in Christchurch, NZ).

I knew I had seen them, but had to look them up to check.

Possibly a solution for the UK which doesn't take up inside space?

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby PH » 1 Feb 2020, 9:13pm

LittleGreyCat wrote:https://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/using-a-bicycle-on-public-transport/bike-racks-on-buses/

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6j2iCKV_o4 (this is a video of a bike rack on a bus in Christchurch, NZ).

I knew I had seen them, but had to look them up to check.

Possibly a solution for the UK which doesn't take up inside space?

the idea of Bike racks on the front of buses was rejected in the UK on safety grounds, if you do a search there was a thread about it not so long ago.

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby RickH » 2 Feb 2020, 12:33am

PH wrote:
LittleGreyCat wrote:https://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/using-a-bicycle-on-public-transport/bike-racks-on-buses/

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6j2iCKV_o4 (this is a video of a bike rack on a bus in Christchurch, NZ).

I knew I had seen them, but had to look them up to check.

Possibly a solution for the UK which doesn't take up inside space?

the idea of Bike racks on the front of buses was rejected in the UK on safety grounds, if you do a search there was a thread about it not so long ago.

Why?

I was over in Vancouver in the autumn & every bus (& there are huge numbers of them, mostly electric buses running off overhead wires) there has a rack similar to the ones in LittleGreyCat's link. They are well used. Here's my bike on the front of one (previously posted here).

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They even have a practice one fixed to the wall outside least one of the Skytrain stations, with instructions, so you can get the hang of it before you have to try it with a bus full of people waiting for you to fix your bike on so they can get going.

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Practice Vancouver bus bike rack

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby LollyKat » 2 Feb 2020, 2:19pm

Oldjohnw wrote:So far only between Edinburgh and Berwick. The train is less than half the time and often cheaper. But the trains are difficult.


"The buses will operate across three key routes, X95 Carlisle to Edinburgh via Hawick and Galashiels, X62 Galashiels to Edinburgh via Peebles and service 253 Berwick to Edinburgh via Dunbar and Haddington."

Opens up a lot of the Borders.

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby Oldjohnw » 2 Feb 2020, 3:06pm

LollyKat wrote:
Oldjohnw wrote:So far only between Edinburgh and Berwick. The train is less than half the time and often cheaper. But the trains are difficult.


"The buses will operate across three key routes, X95 Carlisle to Edinburgh via Hawick and Galashiels, X62 Galashiels to Edinburgh via Peebles and service 253 Berwick to Edinburgh via Dunbar and Haddington."

Opens up a lot of the Borders.



Absolutely. I am delighted. Berwick is in the Sustrans route 1 so will be very useful.
John

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby PH » 2 Feb 2020, 3:11pm

RickH wrote:
PH wrote:the idea of Bike racks on the front of buses was rejected in the UK on safety grounds, if you do a search there was a thread about it not so long ago.

Why?

With use of the search facility (Top RH corner) and some appropriate words - bike racks buses - it took seconds to locate the aforementioned thread, though it is a bit older than I thought
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=122643&hilit=Bike+racks+on+buses

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Re: Bike friendly buses

Postby Oldjohnw » 27 Feb 2020, 8:48am

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