Bike racks on buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Reference: 
2012/1016
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you ask TfL to examine whether people living in outer London suburbs might be encouraged to cycle if they were able to take their bikes on buses to and from central London, particularly on night buses home when train services stop?

Answer

Answer for Bike racks on buses

Answer for Bike racks on buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

(Written answer provided on 3 April 2012.)

Increasingly popular fold-up bikes can already be taken on buses in the fleet, provided they can be safely stowed out of the way of passengers.

Rigid bikes cannot, however, be placed out of the way and would be a potential hazard to other passengers. Racks on the outside of the vehicle are not seen as viable due to ground clearance issues and obscuring the driver's view.

TfL has looked at this issue but, due to the busy and frequently stopping nature of buses in London, it is imperative that boarding times are as efficient as possible to maintain a reliable service for the millions of bus passenger journeys that are made daily. TfL has concluded so far that allowing additional time for attaching bicycles to exterior racks would cause unacceptable delays to journeys and congestion at bus stops, particularly at peak times around busy stops and where there are numerous routes serving one stop.