Cycling in Melbourne Australia
As a person who camps off her bike my bike is my transport to the camping park and then around town couldn't afford to travel without it. But its getting harder to do .On recent trip to Mildura with my folder in its bag the first driver insisted that it was a suitcase implying that bikes were not allowed and the driver on the way back just pointed to the no bike sign on the luggage compartment.This was despite V Lines web site that says they accept folders. It seems that V Line drivers are uninformed .This means that you cannot embark on any journey with any any degree of confidence.Attached are Bicycle Net works policy and Canberra's
In conservative Australia this will never be implemented, until maybe, the rest of the world already has. I also saw these in Whistler, Canada, and they were widely used.
Used to have them in Perth years ago
Whoever negotiated these regulations does not understand that the "devil is in the detail" and that the "bag" in legislation would empower a hostile minister, connex CEO or rail line line manager to make life very dificult for folding bike users on the both the bus and rail system in the future. The state is changing transport legislation across the board and this requirement is now part of it. Most owners of folding bikes are children and women and their bikes do not come with a bag. I have talked with some of the cyclists who negotiated the "bag regulation" and they have fold ups costing $1500 to $ 2000 and they do not represent ordinary bike riders.
My folding bike is an Aldi and it does come with a bag trouble is that the bike weighs 161/2 Kilograms which in its folded state makes it extremely difficult to carry especially if you have other stuff ie you have to transfer it on and off the bus or train You also have to figure out how to carry the bag because its not small.
For myself I haven't had any problems with the trains including Vline where usually you can just roll a full sized bike straight on.Its the V line buses that are the problem. If these buses had racks it would make travel a lot easier and the rail trails more accessible.
I think it been mentioned before the Bright to Wangarratta rail trail is serviced by buses it does very well 45000 visitors a year this must be a boost for tourism and reason for other railtrails to follow suite.