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Bikes and transit

  1. 1. BIKES AND TRANSIT SANDY FRY CRCOG (HARTFORD, CT) Westchester Bike Summit 2010
  2. 3. Bikes and Transit: WHY?? <ul><li>Expand the reach of transit networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Especially to low density areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve access to the economy for low income workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can improve accessibility on both trip ends </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expand Park ‘n Ride capacity </li></ul>
  3. 4. Three Essentials for Coordination <ul><li>Getting to the stop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local access paths </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bike parking at the stop </li></ul><ul><li>Bikes on Buses </li></ul>
  4. 5. Experience in Connecticut <ul><li>Philosophy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outfit the entire fleet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate with major fleet replacement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeframe: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stamford: September 2001 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Haven: September 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hartford: November 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Britain: April 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Installing Racks <ul><li>New buses are ordered with racks </li></ul><ul><li>Retrofits of older buses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of rack ~$800 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Installation time: 4 to 8 hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires correct mounting bracket for the bus model </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. The Racks <ul><li>New Haven and Stamford: all stainless racks </li></ul><ul><li>Hartford: some plastic </li></ul>
  7. 8. The Racks <ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul>
  8. 9. Rack Usage in Connecticut
  9. 10. Issues with Racks <ul><li>The racks decrease indoor storage capacity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add about 1 foot to bus length </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The plastic racks created problems for bus washer </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional abandoned bike </li></ul><ul><li>A fender bender will frequently require full rack replacement </li></ul>
  10. 11. Benefits of Program <ul><li>Convenience for bike commuters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mechanical difficulties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rainy day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Park n ride </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access for low income individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Improved transit accessibility in low density areas </li></ul><ul><li>GOODWILL! </li></ul>

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