BIKES ALLOWED ON CONNEX AND V/LINE SERVICES FROM TODAY
Bicycles will again be allowed on all Connex and V/Line services from today in a push to address the needs of both cyclists and other passengers, Minister for Public Transport Lynne Kosky announced today. In a further boost for combination bike and train users, Ms Kosky announced $1 million in funding for new bike cages across the metropolitan and regional train network.
“The initial problem of bikes taking up space on trains hasn’t disappeared. To begin addressing the problem we will need to place more secure, modern bike storage facilities at stations,” Ms Kosky said.
“As previously announced, a prototype bike cage will be installed at Eltham Station in April. We will deliver up to 20 bicycle cages for stations throughout metropolitan Melbourne and at key regional hubs, providing around 400 secure new bike spaces for public transport users.”
Cages will feature more secure access and a larger storage capacity than the bike lockers and cages currently in use across the network, giving more people the option of combining bike and train travel and providing greater peace of mind to existing users.
Limitations to bikes on trains were announced in response to train patronage growing by more than 20 percent over the past two years,” Ms Kosky said.
“Since this decision was announced, cyclists have provided us with feedback indicating it created problems for some commuters and should be reconsidered– particularly for travellers who live great distances from stations or do not have access to secure bike storage facilities,” she said.
“We have listened to this feedback and we are responding with a policy that acknowledges the needs of cyclists and regular commuters alike. From today, bikes will be allowed on all Connex services, provided they are stored in the area inside the last door of the last carriage to minimise discomfort to other passengers.”
In addition, bikes will be allowed on all V/Line services. For the first time, from April tram and bus users will also be allowed to take folding bikes on all services, provided they are folded and contained within a carry bag.
In revising this decision, Ms Kosky said the Government had consulted with bike user groups and public transport operators.
Metlink, Connex and V/Line will work together to provide clear signage and information to assist cyclists and the travelling public to understand where bikes can be taken on public transport.
Development of an industry-wide set of standards for the carriage of folding bikes by the Department of Infrastructure, Bicycle Victoria and the Cycling Promotion Fund is also in progress.
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