Bike Rack Safety – Part 2

Well, has some interesting information on the Charlotte Area Transit System. Basically, you are responsible for loading and unloading your bike which is understandable. If your bike gets damaged while loading, its basically your fault. Now, they are not responsible for theft, or damage that gets done to your bike when its on their. That makes me want to use it even less. I’ve seen the way the buses drive in Charlotte and some times the rack bounces violently. I could see this causing a bike to fall off the rack. What happens if you load your nice bike on one, and then the bus driver crashes? Who’s fault is that? Not yours, why should you be responsible for damages? What if your bike gets stolen from a bus? You’re not really suppose to lock your bike to the rack (unless its on the inside and your quick about it) but even still. The instructions they have on the website are great. I don’t see how any one could mess up putting a bike on the rack. But I do see how these racks could break over time causing damage do your bike. They have a cool video on the website, check out the links from this site to theirs if your interested.

Here are the rules for using their bike racks (Nothing about locking)

  • Be prepared before the bus arrives.
  • You are responsible for the loading and unloading of your bicycle. For safety reasons, the driver cannot leave the bus to assist you.
  • Racks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the rack is full, you will need to wait for the next bus. Bikes are not allowed on the inside of CATS buses.
  • If you are unable to secure your bike, please do not delay the bus.
  • All bikes 16” or larger fit easily and securely on the rack, even children’s bikes. All bikes load in exactly the same way, quickly and easily. No motorized bikes are allowed on the racks.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • CATS is not responsible for bicycles or personal items lost or damaged while in transit.

I wouldn’t worry about the first one, they are always late in Charlotte anyway whats another couple of minutes? If the rack is full, I suggest getting on your bike and riding. If you know your stops, you might as well ride past each of them. Another bus won’t be there on time, so you’ll be able to make it. If you know shortcuts you’ll probably be able to make it the whole way home.

If you use one of these bikes, make sure its in securley and you sit at the front of the bus so that you can defend your bike if some one attempts to steal it. At best you’ll be able to stop your bike from getting stolen. You can bet the bus driver isn’t paying attention so, you better!

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