City cyclists can now catch a bus and bring their bike with them.
Bike racks have been installed on the city’s fleet of 25 buses with funding from the Horizons 2016-2017 annual plan.
‘‘We had also targeted this time of year as well. We didn’t want to put them on in winter,’’ Regional Council transport manager Phillip Hindrup said.
He said the racks would allow people to catch a bus if they had biked somewhere and the weather had turned.
To use the new additions, cyclists must lower the rack from the front of the bus, lift their bike onto it and then secure it by raising a support arm over the front tyre.
There’s an instructional video on the Horizons YouTube channel. Tranzit urban manager Stephen Du Plessis said the racks would give people more options, and he hoped they would mean more people started taking the bus.
‘‘If the weather turns bad you can jump on the bus.’’
Bike-rack usage was on a first-come, first-served basis, with the racks only able to take two bikes at a time.
Horizons passenger transport committee chair Rachel Keedwell said the racks were a step toward making Palmerston North a more bike-friendly city.
‘‘For bus users to be able to ride their bike between bus stops and their final destinations is a fantastic and environmentally conscious option.’’
Horizons’ Jayme Anderson and driver Peter Beale with the new bike racks.