Taken from citynews, www.questnews.com.au
No time for bikes on council buses
BRISBANE, May 15: Bike racks on Brisbane City Council buses are to be phased out after a trial of the carriers was dubbed a flop.
Buses on routes including the 444 high frequency route from Moggill to Southbank, the 432 route from Kenmore to the University of Queensland and buses on the Great Circle Line service - spanning an area from Chermside and McDowall to Sunnybank - have been fitted with the bike racks, which are attached to the buses' front, since 2002.
The initiative had been promoted by council as part of the integration of cycling into the public transport system.
But no new bike carriers are being bought, with Lord Mayor Campbell Newman saying the trial had shown the scheme was a waste of time and money.
``It was a good experiment but it didn't work,'' Cr Newman said.
``The problem with it is..the bike rider hails a bus, the bus stops, they have to get to the front of the bus, put it on the rack and that all takes time,'' he said.
``This has been literally slowing down a bus full of people.
``It really was not something that ultimately has enough benefits for the cost and time.''
Cr Newman rejected the phase-out would damage plans to make Brisbane more cycle-friendly, citing the opening of the new King George Square Cycle Centre and the $100 million earmarked for bikeways in the next four years.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union bus divisional organiser Mick Layt agreed with the trial findings, saying that the racks were not being used enough to justify the thousands of dollars that each carrier cost.
But Bicycle Queensland development officer Andrew Demack said he would have liked the option to have remained.
I am not happy about this. The main reason why this has failled is because it is not guarentied that the buses on these routes will have a bike rack fitted. It is management that has failled in my eyes not the idea.