Wiki Wednesday: Bike Bus

Today’s Streetswiki entry comes from Josh, a Livable Streets member based in San Francisco, who writes:

bikebus4_600.jpgA Bike Bus is a
group of cyclists riding together to a specific destination on a
schedule with an experienced leader. Bike Buses are often formed by
commuters who ride together to work. However, a Bike Bus can be adapted
to go anywhere groups of riders want to go- church, shopping, the zoo,
parks — If a road goes there, a Bike Bus can go there. It’s called a "bus" because there is a set route and timetable so it can pick up more "passengers" along the way.

The Bike Bus rides two abreast (where legal) and will single up as needed.

The
pace of the bike bus is agreed upon by the members that day. Since the
Bike Bus serves a safety and a social function, dropping slower riders
is generally not a good idea. However, if there are enough riders,
splitting the Bike Bus into two or three groups riding different paces
can be a good idea. Smaller groups are easier for motor vehicles to
pass as well.

TA has been organizing variations on the bike bus for commuters who ride over the Queensborough and Williamsburg bridges. Their bike commuter pools meet up once a month, giving homeward-bound cyclists some safety in numbers on Queens Boulevard and Delancey Street, where physical protection is sorely lacking.

Queens committee chair Mike Heffron tells us all went smoothly on the last Queens Boulevard pool. The next one departs this Friday at 6:30 p.m. from the base of the bridge, on the Queens side.

  • anonymous

    This concept can also be called a “commuter mass” or similar. Kind of like a Critical Mass, only useful rather than fun.

  • Larry Littlefield

    It’s a good idea.

    I don’t think people have wrapped their heads around how much poorer this country is going to become. People are going to have to cooperate to find ways to create an enjoyable life with less.

    In New York they will be doing so without the help, and in fact over the opposition, of a government desperate to suck of resources so that privileges for some can be maintained even as others get poorer. With all the federal bailouts, that set of priorities could go national, Obama or now.

    “Yes we can!”

    “No way in hell we’ll let you!”

  • Yup… They moan that the economy is killing ’em and then spend a fortune on car payments and pointless expensive cell-phones (gotta admire the cell phone companies – they’re great at generating repeat business by convincing people they need slightly upgraded crap every month or so). It’s a telephone!! Its job is to make phone calls!!! The only truly useful improvement since its invention has been the cutting of the cord. Everything else is just crap designed to take money off gullible fools. This week it’s my turn to be a grumpy old man.

  • Love this idea! I would love to start a Bike Bus from Brooklyn into the city. I know there are a lot of us out there.

    Anyone else interested? Hop over to Brooklyn By Bike and let me know.

    Thinking…

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