A Letter to the Age December 14 implies that V-line is about to ban bicycles on "peak hour" services. Anyone heard anything more on this? I haven't tracked down any official sources to corroborate this letter.
IT IS now official, V/Line intends to ban bicycles on peak services - those that arrive in the city between 7am and 9.30am, or depart the city between 4pm and 7pm - in 2008. I commute from Castlemaine to Melbourne four days a week and take my bike on the train to ride to work at the other end. During the working day I ride to meetings on my bike. A ban means that many regional commuters will be stranded and unable to get to Melbourne for work. This morning's train had three bikes in my carriage, which is under the limit for the luggage rack.
My two fellow commuters were a bike courier and someone who would have to get up two hours earlier to get to work without his bike.
I believe that clever solutions (such as retro-fitting the bike racks with hooks so that more bikes will fit into the space) are more appropriate for the encouragement of bike riding and public transport use than a blanket ban.
Eve Merton, Castlemaine
According to V-line website
bicycles are discouraged from peak services, but nothing about banning them altogether.
I rang V-line and the operator suggested it was possibly a restriction on "velocity trains". Googling Velocity the yhacycling website
says that "Purple & Green multi-carriage trains known as "Velocity Trains" can accommodate a few more, but usually no more than about 6."
So does anyone have an accurate idea what's going on with V-Line?