19.12.08

Autobús per a bicicletes

Xafardejant l'arxiu de LIFE he trobat aquesta foto de 1971 feta a San Francisco. És un autobús adaptat per portar els ciclistes i les seves bicicletes de punta a punta de la badia a través del pont.

He trobat una ressenya del que sembla ser un document sobre aquest servei:
BICYCLE-RIDING ENTHUSIASTS TURNED OUT IN FORCE TO INAUGURATE AC TRANSIT'S FIRST BUS-A-BIKE SERVICE, THE "PEDAL HOPPER," WHICH BRIDGES THE BAY BETWEEN BERKELEY AND SAN FRANCISCO FOR WHEELMEN. BIKES WERE RACKED IN THE CENTER OF THE BUS, WHILE RIDERS SAT ON LONG SEATS AT THE REAR OF THE COACH. TWO BUSES WERE CONVERTED TO CARRY 24 BIKES AND 24 RIDERS. ENTRANCE AND EXIT IS THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR ONLY. PASSENGERS ARE EXPECTED TO LOAD THEIR OWN BIKES ON BOARD AS THE DRIVER SUPPERVISES THE SAFE ANCHORING OF THE WHEELS. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE BAY AREA AND POSSIBLE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE NATION, PUBLIC TRANSIT WAS NOT ONLY RECOGNIZING BUT ALSO MAKING PROVISIONS FOR THE BURGEONING INTEREST IN BICYCLING FOR RECREATION AND TRAVEL.
Actualment sembla que encara hi ha un servei que en hores punta et porta de punta punta de badia per 1 dòlar.

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