An interesting solution to bike storage on light rail.  The platform is attached to the front of the train.

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Comment by Carlin on March 8, 2012 at 1:45pm

Love it. But I'd be worried about having the train leave before picking my bike up.

Comment by Michael on March 8, 2012 at 2:21pm

Now THAT is an interesting solution! It looks like it could fit on the Sydney trams/light rail.

Seeing as it's in front, at least the driver would see you running for your bike.

Could it be done on trains too? Rather like the car trailer on the back of some trains.....  a bike carriage?

I think maybe it needs to be a bit more visible, given inattentiveness.

Maybe a bit more yellow panelling or some pennants.

Comment by dr bean on March 8, 2012 at 8:12pm

Maybe - as on SydBuses where there's a bell with a specific signal located in the wheelchair bays*, letting the driver know that it's not just any passenger wanting to get out but the one who needs the ramp and the kneeling-down function - you could press a particular bell that would alert the driver that it was a cyclist wanting to jump out next stop...?

Mind you, knowing zose wacky Germans, they've probably solved this problem already. :-)

*which mainly seem to end up occupied by the 'A380' strollers, and these bells usually pressed by little hands that can't get enough of them since they make such cool noises!

Comment by Neil Alexander on March 9, 2012 at 10:57am

Hee hee; "A380 strollers". Nice image, Ms Bean.

Comment by Si on March 9, 2012 at 11:10am

@Carlin, that's why they have it at the front. On Oahu, Hawaii they have bike racks which take 2-3 bikes on the front of all buses. The driver can see you putting the bike on or taking it off and will not leave until you are on the bus.

Comment by dr bean on March 10, 2012 at 2:32pm

Re 'A380' strollers: I believe that's what the bus drivers themselves call them - they barely fit through the door and round the corner into the aisle, but hey, they carry their passengers in comfort!

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