Monday, October 3, 2011

Bikes and buses a good mix - Stuart Strickland in Post-Gazette

Transit harmony
Now that all buses have bike racks, I think it would be helpful to take a step back to look at the bigger picture. Put aside all the usual talk about bus cuts and irritation on the part of bicycle riders and drivers alike.
A milestone has been achieved, one we can all celebrate. No longer must we depend on an automobile to get us where we need to go. No longer need we use a long walk from a bus stop as an excuse not to use transit. Rolling along two miles of suburban streets to get your bus has now been made worth it. That $30 weekly bus pass easily beats the $50 weekly fill-up, never mind every other cost the car racks up (pardon the pun).
Using bikes and buses together makes perfect sense. Buses can't go everywhere, but bikes can. Bikes can't do hills, distances or heavy traffic easily, but buses can. Combine the two, and you have much less need to drop 10 grand every year on a (second, third) car.
What drivers will now see is a lot more bicycles. This is a good thing, as many of those drivers will also be cyclists, and so be more aware of their fellow cyclists when behind the wheel. It takes study, practice and the right clothing and equipment, but getting around by bike just got a lot more attractive. Thank you to all the organizations and decision-makers who made this possible!

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