Bike racks back on DTA buses Monday March 31
Published: Expires: 4/27/2008
The Duluth Transit Authority will resume transporting passengers with bicycles on Monday, March 31, as bike racks have been reinstalled on all DTA buses.
Last year, DTA buses transported an all-time record 16,050 bikes during the seven-month Bike & Bus season. That was a 23 percent increase over the previous year; and with rising gas prices the DTA expects the service to grown even more use this year.
All DTA buses are equipped with front-end bike racks with a capacity to carry two or three bicycles – depending on the model of bus.
No additional passenger fare is required when transporting bicycles.
The DTA introduced Bike & Bus in the spring 1994 in an effort to expand customer services and meet the growing popularity of cycling in the Twin Ports. Since then, the Bike & Bus feature has become increasingly popular.
DTA BIKE RACKS ARE EASY TO USE: DTA bike racks, which are located on the front of the bus, can transport up to two bicycles at a time. Cyclists are fully responsible for loading and unloading their bikes on a "first come first serve" basis. Transporting bicycles rarely inconveniences DTA riders in transit, as it takes less than 30 seconds to load a bike onto the bike rack. No additional fares are charged for transporting bicycles on DTA buses beyond the regular passenger fare.
Bike & Bus 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 can now easily access established bikeways such as the Lake Walk, the Munger Trail in West Duluth, Park Point, the Bong Bridge, the Scenic North Shore Drive, the Osaugie Bike Trail in Superior, Wisconsin, from anywhere within the DTA service area. Bike & Bus also makes DTA service more accessible to those who live beyond walking distance to a bus stop.
For more information about the Bike & Bus service, call 722-SAVE or visit the DTA’s website at www.duluthtransit.com.