COMPLETING THE CHAIN: CAN BIKES WIN MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORT RIDERS?

This article examines some UK and US experiences of encouraging more cycling and more public transport use by improving the facilities for bicycle users at stations and on trains and buses. In the USA, many urban buses carry bicycles on specially designed racks. Initially these racks were at the back, but front racks are now more widely used, as they have several advantages, especially if folding. However, British operators do not yet seem to realise their virtues. Despite the general backwardness of these operators, Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT), the UK's largest operator of public transport bicycle lockers, says that provision needs to be aimed at ordinary cycle users seeking a cheaper, healthier, or more convenient commuting mode. SPT and transport and cycling consultant D Holladay believe that regular users should have exclusive access to a locker, and that UK railways should widely use the SPT approach. Modern UK trains have inadequate cycle storage space.

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  • Authors:
    • MILLAR, A
  • Publication Date: 1999-3-11

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00765791
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 1 1999 12:00AM