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New York (PIX11) – Many different modes of transportation can be employed to get around New York City.

Some bike riders are calling on the MTA to install bike racks on the outside of buses, especially along certain routes where access to transit is limited.

An advocacy group called The Harbor Ring believes bus bike racks would improve transportation options for Staten Island.

The group points out there is currently no bike path or bike lane across the Verrazano Bridge.

The MTA (and some other bus riders) say bus bike racks would slow down the route and create a hazard for the bus driver.

Many other major cities have them.

Some NJ Transit buses have the outside racks (depending on the type of bus) and bikes are permitted on buses with luggage compartments.

NJ Transit reports that half of the fleet can carry bikes.

 

2 comments

  • HamTech87 (@HamTech87)

    Bikes on buses are about extending the coverage range of the bus network to places beyond the reach of walking. If you can ride a bike to the bus stops on either end, you can go to more destinations. That means more ridership and revenue for our buses.

  • Chris M

    Pedestrians and cyclists regulary cross all the Manhattan bridges but they are not allowed on the Verrazano Bridge. Having a Bike rack on the buses that run over the Verrazano would mean people could bike to jobs in Brooklyn from SI and may more Brooklynites would visit Staten Island for shopping, eating, etc. When I visit SI I have to take my bike on the Ferry but I would love an option from Brooklyn too.

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