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  •  Bikes, trains and busses. (2+ / 0-)
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    has been done here in Stuttgart. The whole system runs almost seamlessly. Thought I'd post a short vid of the Zahnrad bahn going uphill from Marienplatz to Degerloch. There's a bike platform attached to the front of it for about a dozen or so bikes.

    I see ebikes around town quite a bit now. That's pretty recent, within the last year or two. You can find rental bikes at bike stands all over town that have locking controlled from a central switch called "Call a Bike".  Never done it, since I have my own bike. But if you are from out of town it is a nice option.  Here's a vid of how it works. It's in German but you will get how it works through the visuals.

    And to keep with the theme and the season, my favorite movie:

    If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. -George Washington

    by Tank Mountaine on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 03:54:25 AM PST

    •  I like the Little Bike Trailer (3+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey, BruceMcF, divineorder

      A neat way to get around the rush-hour restrictions on bikes that are so common in this country...

      •  Yes ... I'll note that ... (1+ / 0-)
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        xaxnar

        ... the "No Silver Bullets" applies to cycle lockers as well. Transfers are normally a secondary, supplementary source of patronage, with the primary source of patronage trips that begin and end somewhere on the corridor, so if there is sufficient cycle to ride demand on the corridor, some effort should be made to accomodate it.

        Some combination of:

        (1) Dedicated hanging bike hooks

        (2) Designing luggage space ~ overhead or underfoot ~ so that common 20" folding bikes fit

        (3) Special bike cars with dedicated hanging bike hooks and metro-style seating ... in that configuration, rather than paying extra for the bike, the cyclist "pays extra" via a greater chance of a standing transit

        (4) The bike trailer above for light rail services that are short enough for that to be viable

        ... are all strategies to consider. They are particularly attractive to cyclists with morning destinations that are beyond easy walking distance.

        Of course, with adequate funding for rolling stock, for those corridors that are not at the maximum number of services that they can support, one way to cope with space constraints that result from attracting some additional passengers that ride with their bikes is to increase the frequency of service.

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        by BruceMcF on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:54:00 AM PST

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    •  Yes, that bike trailer would have me ... (2+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey, divineorder

      ... fretting much less than my bike in the bike rack hangong off the front of the bus.

      I expect on a sunnier day, we'd see a lot more bikes on it ... which is also a lot more flexible capacity than the two-bikes/bus rack.

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      by BruceMcF on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 08:39:15 AM PST

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    •  The official position from NSW Cityrail ... (0+ / 0-)

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      by BruceMcF on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 04:21:52 PM PST

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