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Author Topic: Bikes on buses - folding electric - allowed or not?  (Read 445 times)
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« on: January 09, 2021, 11:26:08 am »

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Folding bicycles, which are safely and securely stowed in the designated luggage area in a suitable bag or box, are generally permitted onto our buses if the driver believes that there is sufficient luggage space available. Fixed-frame bicycles are generally not carried on our buses however.

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Folding bicycles are welcome on board our buses, however we do ask that you fold them and place them in an appropriate space. For everyone?s comfort and safely, we ask you to make sure they?re not blocking the aisles or access to any seats.

However there are instances when it may not be possible to accept folding bikes, for example:
* If there isn?t enough space on the bus
* When your folding bicycle could make the inside of the bus or its seats dirty, or could cause discomfort to other customers
Due to space and safety considerations, standard non-folding bicycles cannot be carried on our buses.

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In some areas, you can take your bike on the bus. Please contact the local team in your area and they'll be happy to advise. However, if your bike folds up, can be stored in a suitable bag or box, can fit within the luggage pen on the bus, and you can lift it in and out yourself, it can be brought on at the driver's discretion.

A heated conversation elsewhere has suggested that electric assisted bikes are not allowed on buses - something to do with the batteries not being carried has been suggested.   But as I read it, the restrictions are to do with folding (or not) bikes and not whether they have a battery fitted - indeed, on Faresaver's rules of bag or box, if there's a battery restriction the driver would need to look in the bag to establish whether a particular cycle could be carried.

It strikes me that if you're not going to allow batteries to be carried on buses you're going to rule out pretty much all modern electronics ...

I will admit to a personal interest as I now ride a foldable electric cycle; no problem (outside lockdowns) taking it on the train - not tried it on the bus, though.

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2021, 03:08:47 pm »

... electric mobility scooters? Disability Discrimination Act?
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2021, 04:44:18 pm »

... electric mobility scooters? Disability Discrimination Act?

How do you stow one safely on a busy bus?
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2021, 11:19:21 am »

On buses in the Reading area you just drive them on.
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2021, 06:55:40 am »

Apologies for any confusion (to myself and others). I sometimes am not clear on the demarcation between electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters. On reflection, I probably think it is an electric wheelchair if it has joystick control and a mobility scooter if it is steered by something akin to handlebars (or in some parts of Reading can be ridden down the road by two kids). There are mobility scooters that appear to be small enough to be folded down and put in the boot of a car, which I have seen on buses. There are some electric wheelchairs that are bigger then mobility scooters.

The main issue was that it is a machine with a large battery that can get on a bus.
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