Retired trolleybus operator John Harrington of Prospect is campaigning for NSW buses to have bicycle racks similar to those used in Canberra.
The 74-year-old is supported by Cyclists Action Movement West treasurer Rob Kemp, and has started a petition in Blacktown, calling on the government to introduce them.
Mr Harrington recently wrote to Toongabbie MP Nathan Rees on the proposal and Mr Rees had sent his letter to Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian for her consideration.
‘‘The introduction of a rack on the front of buses would also increase floor space for prams, shopping trollies, wheelchairs and luggage inside the bus,’’ Mr Harrington said.
He said people like him would be able to cycle more if NSW buses had bike racks.
‘‘I could avoid cycling in unsafe roads by taking my bike in a bus to suitable place and vice versa,’’ he said.
‘‘Kids could also stop a bus with a rack if they have a puncture instead of pushing it home.
‘‘Many people, especially the aged and young. will benefit from the introduction.’’
Rod Kemp said Mr Harrington’s proposal would help to promote safe cycling.
He said cycling enthusiasts could take a bus to their favourite area without competing with cars, trucks and motorcycles on busy roads.
Bren Burkevics, chief operating officer of Canberra ACTION bus, said 100 per cent of his buses that could legally or physically carry a bike rack were now fitted with one.
‘‘ This represents 81 per cent of the entire bus fleet (or 330 buses),’’ he said.
‘‘Current regulations prevent bike racks from being installed on steer-tag and articulated buses due to their length.
‘‘The bike racks have proved popular with bus users as they provide a safe, quick and relatively easy way to transport most types of bikes.’’
NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said she was always looking at opportunities to improve the customer experience and welcomed Mr Harrington’s suggestions.
‘‘ But the advice to me is that buses with an exterior bike rack may exceed their maximum permitted length and pose safety risks for customers,’’ she said
Those supporting Mr Harrington can call or fax him on 96317691.