Cyclists can now catch the bus

By County Press reporter

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

 

Cyclists can now catch the bus

At the launch of Southern Vectis's bike friendly bus are, from left, Tanja Rebel, Steve Goodman, Val Lawson, Alan Rowe, Al Sheath and Alec Lawson. Picture by PETER BOAM

CYCLE routes have been opened up to more people through specially adapted buses that allow people to put their bicycles on board and travel to picturesque areas.

The Isle of Wight Council has worked with Southern Vectis to allow the four Coaster buses to store up to six bicycles.

The money has come from the council's sustainable transport access to tourism project, which is funded by the government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Four journeys will leave per day from either Ryde or Yarmouth, with some being extended to East Cowes and Newport.

General manager of Southern Vectis, Matt Kitchin, said: "The Coaster route has proven to be tremendously popular as it is a great way to see the Island and visit attractions without the hassle of driving. The additional space for bikes on board gives more opportunities for cyclists to get out and about, enjoying the scenery without relying on a car."

The launch coincides with Visit Isle of Wight's Bicycle Island scheme, which aims to bring more cycle tourists to the Island.

The service will begin on Saturday and will run daily until September 28.

The mechanism used for storing the bicycles was designed by two local engineering students.

Facebook Icon Twitter Icon Delicious Icon

More News

1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Comments

Log-in or register to comment on this story. See our House Rules here.

By ticking "Remember me" you agree to a cookie being stored on your computer - no personal data is shared.

Forgotten your password?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

Most Read

  1. Thousands flock to see Isle of Wight bee-eaters

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  2. Crash at Morton

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  3. GCSE results revealed today

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  4. Disruption for Solent commuters

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  5. Wightlink disruption

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

View our Elgin Traffic & Travel Map