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Bike & Bus ridership for 2007 highest ever! DTA transports more than 16,000 bicycles

Published: Expires: 12/29/2007

Bike racks being removed from buses for the season

After recording its highest Bike & Bus ridership since the program was instituted in 1994, the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) has begun removing bike racks from its buses for the winter months. All bike racks will be removed by the end of the week.

In its 13th year of operation, the DTA’s Bike & Bus service transported 16,050 bicycles during its eight month season – an all-time record! This is an increase of 23% over last year’s record Bike & Bus ridership.

Due to the unseasonably warm weather this November, bike racks had remained on DTA buses past the end of Daylight Savings Time – a date the DTA normally removes the racks from buses for the season. Bike racks will be re-installed next spring at the start of Daylight Savings Time or when weather permits.

The DTA introduced the Bike & Bus Program in the spring of 1994 in an effort to improve passenger services and meet the growing popularity of cycling in the Twin Ports. All DTA buses are equipped with bike racks. No additional fares are charged for transporting bicycles on DTA buses beyond the regular passenger fare.

DTA bike racks, which are located on the front of the bus, can transport up to two or three bicycles at a time, depending on the type of bus. Cyclists are fully responsible for loading and unloading their bikes on a "first come first serve" basis. Transporting bicycles does not inconvenience DTA riders in transit, as it takes less than 30 seconds to load a bike onto the DTA bike rack.

The DTA's innovative Bike & Bus Program has opened new opportunities for bicyclists in the Twin Ports, like biking to work and busing home or busing to a bike trail and back. Cyclists easily access established bikeways such as the Lake Walk, the Munger Trail in West Duluth, Park Point, the Bong Bridge, and the Scenic North Shore Drive from anywhere within the DTA's service area. The Bike & Bus Program also makes DTA service more accessible to those who live beyond walking distance to a bus stop.

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