Nov 25, 2006

Bike rack safety

With thanks to CKNW 980 Local News Vancouver British Columbia

A bit of a wrinkle for Translink and some of their new buses.

According to Translink spokesperson Drew Snider, new buses from the New Flyer company can't carry bicycles after dark because the bike racks obstruct the headlights, "The headlights are set in such a way that when you deploy the bike rack, and you put a bike on it, they obstruct the headlights. The bottom line is, after dark you can't put bicycles on there right now because they wouldn't be running legally because of the obstruction of the headlights."

Snider says 90 buses are affected, including the new compressed natural gas, diesel and trolley buses.

Coast Mountain Bus Company is contacting the manufacturer about the problem.

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