Bike Rack Safety

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There have been problems with some bikes falling off the triple bike racks on the bus fleet and Metro is taking this very seriously. Here’s the text of the notice:

Starting Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, bike racks will not be available on some Metro Transit routes and trips.

Some bike racks are being removed due to rack-operating concerns, and will be replaced in the coming weeks as they become available.

This change affects all bus trips on routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 14, 36, 49 and 70, and some trips on routes 7, 43 and 44.

The concerns regard bikes remaining tightly secured to the 3-position bike racks. Metro is working with the manufacturer to resolve the issues. In the meantime, all 3-bike racks are being removed. The goal is to temporarily replace them with 2-bike racks, but there are currently not enough of the 2-bike racks to equip every vehicle in Metro’s fleet.

During the transition, it is possible that some buses may or may not have racks when or where cyclists expect them. It is not possible for Metro staff to know ahead of time if a bus has a rack. Cyclists are reminded that rack use is first come, first served, and, with the exception of bikes that fold safely, bicycles may not be carried inside buses.

Metro appreciates your patience while this issue is being resolved. Please check this site for updates.

I believe this is in Seattle but this makes me wonder about the safety of the bike racks on the front of our buses in Charlotte. Some peoples bikes are worth alot of money. Would you risk putting your bike on the front of a bus and risk it getting crushed? I don’t think that I’d mount mine now especially after this! If I need to use the bus, now I’d check to make sure that the bikes in the rack securely before going. What do you do about damaged bikes from the use of these racks? Well, it depends, if your city contracts out the transportation service. Go after them. Make sure that they get whats coming to them for taking your tax dollars and buying cheap bus bike racks.

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