Bike Racks on LTC Busses

February 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm 2 comments

Bike Rack Demonstration at the LTC

Bike Rack Demonstration at the LTC

Recently the LTC has said London Transit is a leader, not just among [transit] systems across the province, but across the country as well “, which I find is a pretty bold statement. However I have noticed an 110%  improvement in their service since 2005 – the year I started to take the bus daily to Fanshawe College. Today there was an article in the London Free Press talking about the LTC getting bike racks on some bus routes, as a pilot project. I believe this is definitely a great step in the right directing giving people another opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle. It is a great idea for those who would like to go somewhere where the bus doesn’t go, you can now take the bus as close to your destination as possible and then you can bike. This would of come in handy for me when I did a Co-op at The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority as there is no bus that goes all the way out by Fanshawe Lake. Another good example would be professionals who work Downtown who would like to live a healthier lifestyle but not come in sweaty into work, they could take their bike on the bus then after work bike back(HOWEVER, it is interesting to see that not one of the 4 selected bus routes, for the pilot project, actually go downtown.) The article says that the 10 Wonderland will be one of the bus routes participating in the pilot project, interesting choice with Springbank park being one of the stops on the route. From an Urban Design point of view this is a great development that will help us  become a more sustainable city.

London Free Press article:
Bike racks to be installed on four city bus routes

The mobility option is a pilot project
By JOE MATYAS

London Transit riders will soon be able to rack their bikes on some bus routes and take them on trips across the city. Stainless steel bike racks will be mounted on the front of 40 buses serving four major routes in London, transit commissioners decided yesterday. They approved the $25,000 pilot project after leaving their board room and inspecting two racks mounted on buses in the commission’s garage. Combining the ability to ride public transit with cycling extends mobility, an option already found on some big-city Canadian transit services. In London, bike racks will be installed by May on buses on the Adelaide, Highbury, Oxford West and Wonderland routes. The racks can be folded up when not in use or down when needed for bikes. Each rack holds two bikes. Bids from manufacturers came in lower than expected, John Ford, director of transportation and planning, told the commission. Ford and Patrick Cormier, an LTC employee who cycles to work, showed commissioners the racks and discussed their merits before they made their choice. “There’s a lot of reasons why cyclists would want to transport their bikes on the bus,” said Cormier, manager of information technology. “They may have a meeting during the day that requires them to dress up, they may want to dodge a rain burst, they may want to get to a bike path without riding in heavy traffic or they may be taking their bike to an area of the city that doesn’t have bus service.” Whatever the reason, it’s a value added for transit riders, said Cormier. “It’s an addition to bus service that we didn’t have before,” he said. “Anyone paying a regular bus fare can load their bike on the rack, remove it themselves and ride the bus.”

Source: www.lfpress.ca

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  • 1. juniordesigner  |  February 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    OH MAN!

    “London Transit is a leader, not just among [transit] systems across the province, but across the country as well.” Seriously, are they that brain dead at LTC?

    What a joke and a half that statement is. Have they ever looked to Waterloo Region, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, etc? LTC falls miles behind what everyone else is doing currently. Waterloo Region has had these bike racks for as long as I can remember. I thought it was just common sense, even the Region’s police cars have bike racks on them. How come there are no hybrid buses? Why is their transit service run such short hours of service, etc, etc, etc!?!

    It will be a welcome addition, but come on, 4 routes? That’s it?

    I could go on, but that’s another rant in itself.

  • 2. NiceRack  |  March 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I agree with the previous poster, that was a lofty statement for a small-time transit system that runs as such. Before I read this article, I submitted a complaint online to LTC. In it I said I have a long commute to UWO–like how many thousands of other students? Only ONE of those buses even goes to UWO. What about the 6 Richmond or the 2 Dundas? I thought they were major. This pilot coupled with the e-bike one just makes my commute more difficult than it needs to be.

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