David_G wrote:Murray wrote:
It does seem to me that removing some of the fold down seats behind the driver's cab and putting three wheel hooks above on each side would more than adequately cope with the current bike usage. I believe during the time period of the proposed ban there were about 100 bikes on peak hour trains across the whole network although DoI were unwilling to offer a comment on the actual number.
The fold down seats are there to make space for wheelchairs, they are nearest to the driver's door to enable the driver to fit the crap ramp for wheelchair users to use. In peak hours there is barely enough room. It would've been to hard to fit ramps that slide in and out on all the doors when they designed the trains, so all wheelchairs are crammed in up the front.
Maybe bike accom could be in another part of the carriages.
Cyclists are supposed to get on at the rear of the train where there is no driver to assist them. When the train arrives at its destination and prepares to return in the direction from whence it came the rear of the train becomes the front of the train and vice versa. Having hooks above wheelchair spaces is not mutually exclusive (except that it sort of is).
Dave, who once got into the rear carriage of a train that was occupied by half a dozen people in wheelchairs who proceeded to insist that it was the front of the train. It had been but they were all so pissed that they failed to notice that the train had reached Upfield and was now heading back into the city.