Cycling in Sydney Australia
It looks like the CityRail folding bike trial has, at last, had a favourable outcome!
A "Travel Well" poster at Redfern station on Sat 22 Jan 2011 announces that folding bikes are now permitted to travel free at any time on a City Rail services:
"Travelling with a folding bike - under the NSW BikePlan, you are entitled to free carriage of a folding bike any time of the day.Dimensions must not exceed 82cm(l) x 69(h) x 39cm(w), have wheel rims no more than 51cm in diameter and be folded up and stored inside a bag or cover before boarding."
Thanks for posting on this CM. I can't say how happy I am to see this and it was timely as my new brompton arrives next week. I'd previously done some investigations on folding bike and train passenger rules and could not find any australian or international rail system that had such harsh restrictions on folding bikes. I just hope that CityRail will get their rules in order as the webpage currently has information with all the old fare penatlies.
I just noted these links have been updated to have the new information. So happy!!! But why no public annoucment? One can only wonder!
Yes. Bikes are permitted on trains free of charge, except if any part of the journey is made between 6.00am and 9.00am or 3.30pm and 7.30pm on weekdays.
Customers travelling during those times must purchase a child ticket for the bike as well as their own ticket. This includes whole, dismantled or partially dismantled bicycles.
Folding bikes are permitted on trains free of charge at any time, provided the bike is folded and carried in a bag before boarding. The bike (in its bag) must not exceed these dimensions: 82cm length x 69cm height x 39cm width with a maximum wheel rim diameter of 51cm. Free travel does not apply to CityRail bus services, including trackwork or NightRide buses.
Please ensure your bike does not block doors and passageways. Riding bikes, skateboards, scooters or skates on stations and trains is not permitted.
Argh - my Briza folding doesn't qualify!
....time to test the value of 'S' !
One step closer to getting free carriage of all bicycles...
Well, it does mean that I'm going to have to put more effort into getting my folding Raleigh Twenty restored.