AQW 26367/11-15

Mr Daithí McKay
Sinn Féin
North Antrim

Tabled Date: 26/09/2013
Answered On Date: 03/10/2013
Priority Written: No

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 26029/11-15, when Translink will be able to provide bicycle racks on either the inside or the exterior of a bus.

Translink has advised my officials that it has investigated the suitability of exterior mounted cycle racks as used by bus operators in North America and Canada. However most buses in Translink have larger windscreens and tests showed that the cycle racks obscured vision for the driver. Translink deemed this to be an unacceptable safety risk. Rear-mounted cycle rack appliances would also present a safety risk, due to their restricting access to the engine compartment.
In relation to the interior of the buses, Translink endeavour to keep as much of the unseated area of the bus as possible free for wheelchairs and mobility equipment and for families travelling with young children. Relinquishing this space to the disadvantage of these passenger groups is not, in Translink’s opinion, the best use of the space.
Translink is aware of the need to provide space for bicycles on its vehicles. I have asked it to explore options going forward taking account of value for money, safety and impact on its overall passenger base.