The Mayor wants to see bike racks on St Catharines buses. Now that the new models are out and the whole rack-bus combination will fit in the city’s bus wash (yes, that is what was holding it back), we could actually be seeing these quite soon.
Even as a sometimes-bicycler and an obligate transit rider, bicycling to the bus stop and taking my bike with me seems like an awfully cumbersome way to get around. Granted, it is better than locking up my bicycle at the bus stop, but the size of St Catharines and the nature of the bus network means it would probably be easier to either just walk to the bus or bike all the way to my destination.
But why worry about practicality? I’m still cool with bike racks on buses. Innovative-yet-slightly-cumbersome works for the iPhone, and the kind of people who use iPhones are the kind of people St Catharines needs to attract.
Plus, the last time St Catharines was in the news, it was declared Canada’s Fattest City, so every little bit of good PR and exercise helps.
Can I also say, for a city in our sorry state, we have some excellent people at City Hall. For one thing, the fact that the mayor gets away with stuff like this without the suburbs calling for his head either means he is some kind of magician or the people of North St Catharines are less Stepfordish than I thought.
And here’s a kicker of a quote from the bike rack article (emphasis mine):
City staff have said all street parking will be banned where there are bike lanes.
A survey of residents in the affected areas showed some want street parking for visitors and holiday gatherings, and Dodge said some of them want a chance to tell council about their concerns.
Jacobson’s report says he understands the residents’ concerns about parking, but streets are for moving people, not for storing cars, and homeowners shouldn’t expect parking to be a right.