Bike racks on bus trial on routes 512 and 510

PTV, the bus industry and local councils are looking at new ways to improve public transport options. As part of this, fifteen buses operating across four bus routes in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will take part in a twelve month trial of bike racks on buses.

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.

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

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

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 to get from A to B.