This new measure comes after three years of negotiation with Calgary Transit by the BikeCalgary board. There is a recognition that the current Bikes on Buses program is not reliable (buses that are supposed to have racks frequently don't), nor does it provide a service that is useful to cyclists. Hence, this new service, in which every single bus is now bike-capable. True, you have to buy a folding bike, so the system won't help all riders, but say, you were looking for an excuse to buy another bike anyway, weren't you?
The ideal thing would be for every bus to have a bike rack, but Calgary Transit has a resistance to that, since the little extra length of the bike rack means fewer buses can fit in the heated bus barns. CT is currently considering a BikeCalgary proposal to just put racks on the BRT buses, No.3, and No. 72/73. Would this proposal help you? Let us know in the comments.
All of BikeCalgary's sponsors listed in the left sidebar carry folding bikes, so stop by one of those stores and check out the selection. Don't forget to buy a bag! (Any large bag will do - Ikea has some large bags for storing car tires in that might work).
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