Bus your bike in Bass Coast
The South Coast Bus service between Cowes and Wonthaggi is one of four routes in Victoria taking part in a 12 month trial of bike racks on buses, which launched this week.
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, welcomed the start of the trial, which will allow cyclists to load their bikes on to a rack on the front of the bus and continue their journey on board.
Currently, only folding bikes can be carried on buses, meaning people with standard bikes have to leave them behind or ride the whole way. The new racks are easy to use and are big enough to hold two bikes at a time.
“It is just brilliant that our active bike community are one of the first statewide to trial these bus racks,” Cr Crugnale said.
“A range of users have an opportunity to use green transport to move around the Shire with ease.
“Our youth can be more independent and bus it between towns and ride to their friends places, visitors also can get to and then explore, say, the rail trail and, with good timetable planning, even workers can get their fitness levels up.
“Keep in mind it is a trial, so it’s important that people who want this service give it a go, and feedback directly to Public Transport Victoria.”
If you’re going to take your bike on the bus, just make sure that before it arrives, any attached items like bottles and pumps have been removed and you’ll need to take these items on board with you.
Your bike also can’t have any front mounted accessories or anything that will obstruct the driver’s view.
Similar bike and bus initiatives have been well received around the world, including in Canberra where bike racks on buses are now a permanent fixture.
Bus bike racks are also being trialled in Melbourne on Routes 510 and 512, and on the Route 70 bus service from Bendigo Station to Strathfieldsaye.
The trial is a partnership between Public Transport Victoria, BusVic, and VicRoads, in consultation with Council.
The 12 month trial will run until April 2017. The size, use and effectiveness of the racks will be assessed at the completion of the trial, to determine whether they should be rolled out on other routes in Victoria.
For more information about the trial and to provide feedback on the initiative, passengers can visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getinvolved.