Carrying bikes on the outside of buses in Europe has not really been introduced yet. There are several sites where the bus racks have been successfully fitted to the rear of buses, however, this is not ideal for several reasons. Please contact us for further details.
People are most likely to use public transport when it's within a quarter of a mile walking distance or when it's within a three-mile biking distance. Making it easier for cyclists to take their bikes on public transport opens up a 12 times larger drawing catchment area.
Many commuters and cyclists are constrained by bridges, tunnels, steep hills and unsafe city streets. Being able to complete part of the journey by bus enables them to overcome these mobility barriers, encouraging more active travel and therefore exercise.
The bus rack is ideal for marketing and PR and demonstrates that the city, town or bus company are serious about promoting cycling and active travel within the community.
Offering a wider range of affordable green travel options reduces the need to make car journeys. This results in reduced congestion, quieter & safer streets, better air quality and improved wellbeing of local residents. This creates a positive environmental image of the public transport service.
In case of an emergency, such as vehicle breakdown, or if the weather is bad, travellers have another option of how to get to their destination.
Racks free up space that may otherwise have been taken up by bicycles within the bus, so there is more room for commuters. Buses are also kept cleaner as bikes are kept outside.
Bike trips can seamlessly be incorporated with public transport by providing robust racks - which is perceived as a real added value service by riders.
In the wake of the coronavirus there has been a huge uptick in cycling globally, with Governments actively encouraging it and investing in improvements to cycleways. Many workplaces also offer 'Cycle to Work' schemes that fund bikes that are used for the work commute. It's important that public transport services recognise this trend and become a part of it.
A driver's visibility is not restricted by carrying bikes on the front of the bus.