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.

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by John James

3rd April 2014, at 23:28:07

Wishful thinking on your part Russell, compulsory insurance never gonna happen the risk just isn’t there, Endorsements you can already get if you have a license to endorse. As for road funding its been said many times already its paid for out of general taxation so yes we do pay for it. As for testosterone two words, road rage.

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by Russell Palin

3rd April 2014, at 18:51:37

Steve the council will get money from them in the end.
In the mean time have fun wile it lasts, soon cyclists will reach critical mass', accountants and policy makers will not allow this to be ignored.
Cyclists do not pay for the upkeep of the system they traverse, all it will need is a minority of people to complain, minority's rule remember, just look at single objections and planning.
It should be compulsory insurance in this day and age. is their cry.....
Cyclists should be endorsed etc for road offences.....
But in the end it will be the attitude of some cyclists that will force this change, young testosterone laced aggressive cyclists are cyclists weakest link, they give a bad impression and will force regulation.....
LOL, inevitable.

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by Steve Smith

3rd April 2014, at 18:29:03

Russell, read the previous posts... nobody has paid any road fund since 1937 therefore unless you are 95 years or older neither have you!

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by Russell Palin

3rd April 2014, at 18:00:45

I dream of the day when cyclists can board the bus for free if they peddle a generator to charge a battery on an electric bus for the passengers.....
Keep fit and save the environment too.
Whilst we are at it, cyclists are not paying any road fund yet. Just wait till more cyclists get on the road, the car parks will not make as much so councils will be at the bikes LOL's

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by Steve Smith

3rd April 2014, at 13:41:39

Calm down John Jones, cyclists on buses aren't bothering you. On a nice day I'm sure many families from East Wight will enjoy cycling around Yarmouth & Freshwater but don't wont to spend 3 hours or more to get there and another 3 to get home. This bus is a brilliant idea. How much damage do you think a cyclist will cause in an accident? Have YOU ever had one because I haven't in over 35 years of driving. Ban all cycles from the Island? Dream on, that will never happen but if you want to waste your time and effort trying to get a ban, feel free.

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by Debbie Hollebon

3rd April 2014, at 13:39:30

In reply to ALAN HARRISONS remark, those of us who are cyclists are not 3ft into the road " oblivious" we're playing a game called "Avoiding potholes and not going A over T". Also some of the roads that have recently been resurfaced by adding an extra layer of tarmac now have a deep gully by the curb that would throw you off if you fell down them.

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by Debbie Hollebon

3rd April 2014, at 13:27:49

Useful if your bike suffers a mechanical fault whilst you're out on a long ride. On my travels abroad I've seen many buses with a bike carrier on the front or back similar to those you fit on the back of a car and no room inside the bus is used.

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by Colin Barton

3rd April 2014, at 09:07:11

Magic! bus full of prams and bikes!

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by john jones

3rd April 2014, at 09:01:17

if cycle tracks are so full of rubbish then maybe some of the cyclists should get of their bikes and clear it up!!!!!!!!!
I wonder why cyclists have to catch a bus to get somewhere anyway??
surely the idea of cycling is to cycle to where you want to go and cycle back from where you ended up?? if a cyclist hasn't got the energy to cycle there and back then they shouldn't be cycling in the first place. and we agree with " who is going to pay for my car if a cyclist causes the accident? I suppose I have to lose my no claims bonus by having to claim of my own insurance. the bottom line is the island roads are not suitable for cyclists riding round in groups that think they own the roads and refuse to give way to drivers who are just trying to get on with their daily lives. BAN ALL CYCLES FROM THE ISLAND

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by david hillman

3rd April 2014, at 09:00:57

Its very good encouraging cycle use in my mind southern vectis should off done what solent blue line done in the new forest tour and tow a proper bike trailer cos on busy days if its full of bikes passengers are not going to stand for his over two hours on a bus with the trailer you could fit up to sixteen bikes plus all the passengers on seats in the bus good idea southern vectis and isle Wight council but you are going to put alot of people of just by accomodating six bikes need for a rethink i think

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