Cycling in Sydney Australia
Sounds quite similar to my situation with school a couple decades ago.
I took frustrating slow public transport. It would have been much easier to ride. However:
a. - I was a child. My parents set met on the path of public transport.
b. - School uniform. It is horrible and impractical and absurd. Why force children to wear uncomfortable clothes?
I did ride to school once. It was once. Y12 on non school day due to exams. So I just wore sensible clothes. It was faster and easier. I can't believe that I didn't start doing it earlier. But inertia is a powerful thing. So it uncomfortable nature of school uniform.
Yes, Trinity does tie in more nicely with the stated driving, light rail and walking times if using the Rozelle stop.
I'd expect the uniform requirement plus the distinctive hat might be more along the lines of subtle advertising for the aspirational, rather than id for the bus drivers.
Seems he might be from the deep south originally, only moving here earlier this century going by the education background.