January 30, 2007 > More room for bikes on buses
More room for bikes on buses
Customers who use bicycles on MCI buses will soon be allowed to store their bikes in the undercarriage area of the coach when the front bike racks are full. MCI buses are the deep green-colored vehicles typically used for transbay routes.
"The idea is to increase the bicycle capacity of our transbay lines to better accommodate customers who have been unable to board our buses because there's been no room for their bikes," said General Manager Rick Fernandez. "It is especially a problem for customers on our transbay service because the interval between buses can be slightly longer than on local trips."
The new procedure, which will take effect on February 1, means that MCI commuter coaches which used to be able to carry only two bicycles will now be allowed haul up to four - two in front and two underneath.
After the first of February, if a customer needs to store a bike in the undercarriage area, the bus operator will step off the coach, open the side door to the undercarriage and then ensure that it is closed before re-boarding the coach. The operator will do the same thing again when the passenger exits the bus to retrieve the bicycle.
The bikes will be secure and safe in the racks and undercarriages. Nonetheless, AC Transit assumes no risk or liability if any of the stored bikes are damaged while being transported.