"Hurry up, pal! You're taking too long with that damn rack!"
As we've reported, the Cascade Bicycle Club and other transportation advocacy groups have long sought to violate the sanctity of Metro's Free Ride Area, where loading their bikes onto bus racks was once prohibited. That's all about to change with a new pilot program beginning Feb. 6, when Metro will allow 24-7 loading--a year-long pilot program, likely to become permanent, that may not thrill impatient Metro commuters.
After the jump, a few bike-loading tips from Metro. Along with our own pointers to cyclists and foot-bound bus commuters...
Since the entire Metro fleet is upgrading to three-pack racks, the loading procedure can be tricky and time consuming. But to speed the loading process, Metro and the CBC recommend:
Always alert the bus driver prior to loading or unloading a bike
Make sure the driver acknowledges you before stepping in front of a bus
Be aware of traffic around you when loading and unloading your bike
Use caution in stepping up and down from high curbs
Added to that list, here's Daily Weekly's new recommendations:
Bicyclists should refrain from bragging about "one less car on the road," since they are, in fact, riding on a carbon-emitting bus
Regular bus riders are asked not to roll their eyes or make disparaging comments about cyclists wearing lime-green parkas, Lycra tights, clackety-clacking shoes, and those weird little rear-view mirrors clipped to their glasses
Fixie riders are kindly requested not to sneer at the owners of bikes with brakes
Cyclists who complain that the bus rack has scratched their $5,000 carbon-fiber racing bike should consider pedaling home instead
If no seats remain inside the coach, Spandex-wearing male cyclists are requested not to stand at crotch level opposite seated riders
Cyclist social tip: It's much less dorky to remove your helmet inside the bus
Related etiquette: Mopping up your puddle of sweat on the seat before departing the bus is appreciated
At night, cyclists should turn off the multiple blinking lights on their helmets and bags to avoid inducing seizures among other bus riders
No, Metro cannot accommodate your recumbent or unicycle