October 10, 2006

 

GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT EXPANDS BIKE RACK PROGRAM TO

INCLUDE ALL BUSES

 

Everyone is invited to the first training session!

 

In July 1999, Golden Gate Transit (GGT) launched its Bike Racks on Buses program with the installation of front-mounted, exterior bicycle racks accommodating two bikes on all 40-foot-long buses. GGT currently has front-mounted, exterior racks on 150 buses.

In 1999, because of their length, all GGT 45-feet long buses could not be equipped under California Vehicle Code 35400, section b.8. Effective Monday, October 16, 2006, all 52 MCI (600 series) buses that are 45-feet long will be accepting bikes in new bike racks in the luggage bays!!

LUGGAGE BAY BIKE RACK TRAINING

On Saturday, October 14, GGT is conducting it first training session for the new bike racks:

   
WHERE: Fairfax, CA, parking lot at Java Hut and former Albertson’s store, along Center Blvd.
   
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, from 7 am to 10 am and again from 1 pm to 4 pm.
   
WHAT: Check out the new bike racks! A GGT MCI bus will be on site so you can learn how to use the bike racks.
   

GGT users and cyclists wanting to use the new luggage bay racks are encouraged to become familiar with them first by:

  1. Attending the training event
  2. Visiting www.goldengatetransit.org/services/bikes.php
  3. E-mailing events@goldengate.org for the new Bike to Transit brochure
  4. Calling toll-free 511 (711 TDD)

The new luggage area racks are designed exclusively for the luggage bays of MCI buses and accommodate two bicycles. The new racks are located on a mount that slides out from the luggage bay for easy loading of bicycles. The design provides safe and secure bicycle transport. The luggage bay racks were funded through a combination of grant funding from the Transportation Fund for Clean-Air (through the Transportation Authority of Marin) and Federal Transit Administration funds.

Customers use GGT bicycle racks at their own risk, on a first-come, first-serve basis. They must load and unload the bikes themselves. For safety reasons, GGT operators may not leave the bus to assist cyclists. Recumbent, tandem, motorized, three-wheeled, muddy, dirty, or greasy cycles are not permitted.