Bi­cy­cle-friendly buses

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

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.

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