Proposal for LTC Bike Racks

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fowgre avatarAccording to Peter Marks (member of a local cycling umbrella group),

“A proposal for bike racks on buses will be tabled at the London Transit Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 25 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public if you would like to attend – 450 Highbury Avenue N. TEL: (519) 451-1340

The proposal calls for racks on every bus on three very long routes starting in May 2009: #17 Oxford West, #16 Adelaide and #10/#14 Wonderland/Highbury. Forty racks are required. The initial cost would be $65,000 with $10,000 of that for marketing and education. The annual maintenance/operating cost would be an additional $5,000.”

This seems like pretty much of a no-brainer to me, which LTC should approve without much angst. However, things that make perfect sense often don’t get done in London. So I’m encouraging everybody to pick up the phone or write or email the LTC and indicate your support of this. And it probably wouldn’t hurt to call your ward Councillor either.

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6 Responses to “Proposal for LTC Bike Racks”

  1. picard102 Says:

    drop the 10,000 for marketing. It’s a bike rack, not a new hambergr.

  2. fowgre Says:

    I was so happy to see a proposal for bike racks finally, at long, long last, that I didn’t clue in about the cost. I agree with your observation. And what’s more, doesn’t the $55,000 for 40 bike racks seem awfully high as well? Are they going to be gold-plated? Thanks for the wake-up. I’m going to have to ask questions about this.

  3. mark. Says:

    These were on the buses in Victoria BC when I lived there (and I believe they still are). They worked great, but I don’t see it working well here (at least at the beginning). Bus drivers in Victoria are very friendly and funny, thus not worried about waiting for someone to put on or remove a bike from the rack. In London, however, drivers seem annoyed at everything! I can only imagine their response to this proposal…

  4. picard102 Says:

    They will say it’s to educate users on what lines the racks will appear, and how to operate the racks properly. It’s not an unreasonable line of thought on their part, and $10,000 isn’t much if they are going to “educate” through printed materials, but it seems like something that could be taught by the drivers.

    Now all we need is a rack for the strollers the size of small cars.

  5. Kevin Says:

    They are in Victoria, I think Vancouver as well as a handful of other cities. Although I like the idea very much Im very much in the same opinion as Mark. I dont see it working well here. If not because of the LTC operators or the mindset of the riders and bikers than because of the size of the city, its topography and the biking population in London, compared to that of lets say, West Coast cities.

    There are a number of factors that I think would hinder this idea from working well in London, far more factors than for that of the positive.

  6. Kevin Says:

    “Now all we need is a rack for the strollers the size of small cars.”

    dont even get me started on that one.

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