Bike rack trial for VIC

Bike racks will be fitted to 15 buses in Melbourne and regional Victoria in a 12-month trial

A 12-moth bike rack trial will go ahead on two bus routes in metropolitan Melbourne and two bus routes in regional Victoria," Public Transport Victoria (PTV) announced this week.

Fifteen buses will be fitted with bike racks as PTV, Bus Association Victoria (BusVic) and councils try new ways to improve public transport.

The bike rack trial is aimed at making public transport more accessible for cyclists, who until now have been unable to board a bus with a bike.

"The purpose of the trial is to better understand the ways Victorians can combine cycling and bus travel to get to where they need to go on key regional, metropolitan and tourist routes," a PTV spokesperson wrote in a statement on the initiative.

"Similar initiatives have been well received around the world, including in Canberra where bike racks on buses are now a permanent fixture.

"The twelve month trial will run until April 2017, and will take into account feedback from passengers to measure the demand for bike racks on buses, as well as identify how Victorians take advantage of the service."

Victorian minister for public transport Jacinta Allan is similarly pleased now the trial is set to go ahead.

"It’s fantastic that Bendigo commuters will be among the first to try bike racks on buses, which  will provide more choice to people about how they get around," she says.

"It is a trial so it’s important that people who want this service use it, and that everyone interested provides their feedback to PTV."

The trial will operate on Route 510 from Essendon to Ivanhoe and Route 512 from Strathmore to East Coburg in Melbourne, as well as the Cowes – Wonthaggi route and Route 70 from Bendigo Station to Strathfieldsaye in regional Victoria.

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