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Are the TTC BikeRacks being Used? Yes!

Rack It and Rocket!

Rack It and Rocket!

The Toronto Sun is reporting (4 years late) that the Rack It and Rocket bikerack program was expanded against the recommendation of city staff and that the racks are hardly used.

It’s true that the TTC expanded the program to all new buses back in 2006, and they did so against staff recommendations to pursue the goal of intermodal compatibility… letting people use more than one form of transit to get around the city.  Now someone can pop their bike on to the Dufferin Bus at Steeles and pop it off when it gets to Dufferin Subway Station… and riding the rest of the way downtown to work.

As for usage levels, the Toronto Sun article mentions that the TTC is doing counts of people using the bikeracks on 4 routes in 2005 and again in 2009 – and bikerack use increased from 174 to 531 times, or an increase of 205%!

What about you?  Do you see bus bikeracks being used?

Want to use the TTC bus bikeracks but don’t know how?  Check out the YouTube video below or many video files on the TTC website.

  • Antony

    Yep, nailed it – without intermodal subway bike access, it’s useless taking your bike on a bus.

  • I’m not really sure where the Sun was looking, but I see bikes on busracks every day. I usually see buses coming out of 3 subway stations on my commute – Wellesley, Sherbourne and Greenwood… and I’d say that about half the time I see the front of a bus, it has a bike on it.

  • I’ve used bike racks on GO, TTC and Brampton Transit, and I don’t think it’s fair to say that no one uses them. Besides, why cut something that improves access to transit? I turned a 20 minute walk to the nearest bus stop into a five-minute bike ride. It’s no substitute for better transit service in my neighbourhood, but it speeds up my trip – and isn’t that the point?

    In my experience, I tend to see them used in the suburbs more than in the core – maybe because people travelling shorter distances tend to ride the entire way. I find useage higher in the 905 than in the 416, probably because trails and bike lanes are harder to come by. Either way, I’ve been left behind at a stop once due to a full rack and have seen people left behind a few times. It’s a good investment if you ask me.

  • I see them being used more and more. I think the big thing for many is nervousness about not being able to do it right. When I first started seeing them I rarely saw them with a bike in them. Now it’s quite frequent.

    I like the GO Transit ones. I used them a few months back to make a car-free business trip to visit a client near Buffalo. Ride the bus down to Niagara Falls, put the panniers on the bike (one for clothes, the other for my laptop) and bike to the hotel. It was *awesome*. And I never had an easier customs experience.

  • I think that the 2 main barriers to wider use are
    1) Most people aren’t comfortable with HOW to use them, or don’t trust their expensive wheels being bounced around the front of a bus, with no liability coverage….This could be fixxed with ‘experience/education’
    2) Since the routes aren’t ubiquitous, and the subways are off limits during rush hour, most people just presume to make their own way, instead of trying to figure out how to adapt to the “Better Way”

    I’m looking into other factors, as well as the TTC’s seemingly inflated costs via :

    http://ThumbShift.com

    Ride On
    jo

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