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    Bring your bike on train/subway/bus?

    Hi all,
    For school I am working on a project to design a bike rack for a train/subway/city bus. Do any of you bring your bike on this type of vehicle or wish you could (what type of vehicle is it)? What would you like to see in the vehicle that would make you more comfortable bringing your bike on board?
    Thanks for any and all help!!!
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    At my old office I put the bike on the bus rack outside the front of the bus daily. These were not full-size buses, maybe 20 seats or less. It worked well almost all the time, but there were a few weaknesses:
    • There was only room for 2 bikes. Usually not an issue on this route between small towns (+/- 10,000 people each), but I also avoided the most popular timeslot.
    • The tray/springarm worked well until they washed the bus in winter, and then it would freeze in the down position. Sometimes the driver "fixed" it with a few blows from some onboard tool, and sometimes they let me take it inside the bus.

    Even though the racks are easy to use, I think some people are intimidated by them. I sometimes had people that wanted to watch or ask questions so they would know what to do. The driver gives vague hand signals to people unfamiliar with the racks. A 20 second video on the website where the schedule is might help.

    I have not brought the bike on a subway, but a way to get the bike up/down the stairs in the station would help. Maybe a ramp along the stairway?

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    ^ Thanks mtbX that helps a lot. Anyone have other experience?
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    I take mine on the DC metro all the time, well not ALL the time - that's the big problem. Bikes not allowed at rush hour - you know, the time you're likely to need to get somewhere.


    IMO all a subway bike rack really needs to do is get bikes out of the way enough that it's feasible to have bikes on a crowded train. Portland has hooks, you hang your bike from, and I guess it's better than nothing. I haven't seen anything I'd call a really good solution.

    Busses... I think the sportworks racks every bus has these days solves that problem. They only hold 2 bikes, but I've never seen a bus with both spots occupied.

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    Cool! Thanks Joules. Does anyone have security concerns when bringing a bike on board? Do you ever have a need to leave your bike unattended?
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    I've taken my bike on the DC metro in the past however like Joules said, you can't do that at rush hour.

    On the buses, they have nice racks however. It is a rack that folds up when not in use and has room for two bikes. It is kind of like a general hitch rack where you place the wheels in slots and raise up a stabilizer bar over the front wheel to keep the bike in place.,

    Here are some instructions and photos for you to examine:

    Metro - Getting Around - Bike 'N Ride - Bicyclists on Metrobus
    Free people must travel the road to productive social relations at the speed of a bicycle.- Ivan Illich

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    Awesome. What are some other limitations of taking a bike on the subway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tims5377 View Post
    Awesome. What are some other limitations of taking a bike on the subway?
    Metro - Getting Around - Bikes and Metro

    Weekdays except 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays all day. For the safety, comfort, and convenience of all passengers, please follow these guidelines for transporting your bicycle into the Metrorail system. For more details on Bikes on Metrorail policy, see our Bicycle Policy and Guidelines page.

    Bicycles are permitted on Metrorail (limited to two bicycles per car) weekdays except 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.

    Bicycles are permitted all day Saturday and Sunday as well as most holidays (limited to four bicycles per car).

    Bicycles are not permitted on Metrorail on July 4th or other special events or holidays when large crowds use the system.

    Folded bicycles are allowed on Metrorail during all operational hours, but must remain folded and securely fastened during weekday peak hours: 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.

    Enter and exit through the first and last, not the center emergency, doors of each rail car.
    Only regular bicycles are permitted (maximum size 80" long, 48" high, and 22" wide). No tricycles, training wheels, or tandem bicycles are allowed.

    Use the elevator at all times. Do not take bicycles on escalators.

    Do not ride bicycles in stations, on platforms or on trains. While wheeling your bicycle, keep both wheels on the ground and the kickstand up.
    Free people must travel the road to productive social relations at the speed of a bicycle.- Ivan Illich

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    I usually

    either lock my bike when its on the bus rack if i cant see it or ill stand next to the driver, behind the yellow line, and keep an eye on it.ive heard alot of stories about thieves running up to buses and stealing the bikes off the racks.

    Oh and you forgot to mention ferrys. Bikes are always allowed on ferrys here in the BA AND they sell beer FTW.

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    Thanks jrm. What system does the bus use for holding the bike, and how easy is it to use? How long does it take to get the bike secured?
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    Bike rack

    Bikes are secured by an sprung arm that clamps down on the front wheel. The arm is visable on the bike the bike closed to the front of the bus.

    <img src=https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5177/5541798008_ea765f047d.jpg>

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    Coffin-like Compartments

    Interesting new bus feature: "There’s room for four bicycles in pull-out, coffin-like compartments beneath the cabin. The old buses tote just two two-wheelers, mounted on exterior racks."

    How it works is shown at the beginning of this video:
    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/v...t-s-big-bus-on

    From this article: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/a...=2012311160014

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    "Make it fit a 29x2.0" tire"

    The bus racks around here won't take anything larger than 700x45. I run 700x51.

    You know that kid tugging on the policeman's sleeve when the truck gets stuck under the bridge, telling him to let down the tires? That's me, every damn time.

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