Bikes allowed back on Melbourne peak hour trains

The Victorian Minister for Transport, Lynne Kosky, has rescinded the ban on bikes travelling on trains during Melbourne’s peak hour. The outrage shown be the cycling public and those who understand the common sense of encouraging bicycle transport caused the Minister to investigate the ban which was implemented when she was on holidays. The results of that investigation can be seen in the news release be MetLink copied below.

Metropolitan trains
Bikes can be carried on all metropolitan train services. Passengers are requested to use the area inside the last door of the last carriage and to consider the comfort and safety of other passengers.

Passengers with bikes are strongly advised not to travel in the area behind the driver’s cabin in the first carriage of the train as this area is reserved for passengers in wheelchairs.

Folding bikes are permitted in any part of the train if they are folded up, inside a bag or case. They should not be placed on a seat.

V/Line trains
Bikes can be carried on V/Line trains subject to the availability of space.

Locomotive-hauled services provide the best storage for bikes as space is limited on Sprinter and Vlocity trains.

Folding bikes are permitted in any part of the train if they are folded up, inside a bag or case. They should not be placed on a seat.

Other improvements
Other changes will be made to improve public transport access for passengers with bikes. These include:

  • Signage and markings to outline bike parking and storage facilities, bike paths near railway stations and where passengers with bikes should travel on public transport.
  • A campaign to promote bike storage facilities and information on how to travel safely and courteously with a bike on public transport.
  • Standards for carrying folding bikes on all modes of public transport. The Department of Infrastructure will work with public transport operators and bicycle groups to develop standards for carrying folding bikes on all modes, including metropolitan trams and metropolitan and regional buses. It is expected that with a successful consultation, folding bikes could be taken on buses and trams from 1 April 2008.

Well done to all who put pressure on the Victorian Government. The fact that the ban has been reversed and improvements are going to be made to ease bicycle commuter’s use of trains is a credit to all who participated.

Source: The Age, MetLink

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One Response

  1. this is great news eh

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