keg wrote:I'm surprised that you support bicycles on trains during the peak given that you have previously indicated that maximising seated capacity in a priority - carrying even a single bicycle on a Matangi reduces the number of seats by five.
It does come as a surprise, however, consider that the seats that are sacrificed for a bicycle are tip-up seats - the same sort of seats that are sacrificed for wheelchairs. To be honest, tip-up seats are not always that useful - you can fit one person comfortably, or two people at a squeeze.
I cannot imagine that there would be a huge number of people who would wish to use their bicycles during peak hour anyway - how many bicycles are found in your typical guards van on a Ganz unit during peak hour at the moment?
keg wrote:Cycle lockers and racks are effectively P&R facilities for bicycles. The lockers are probably more secure than an P&R car park as they are fully enclosed, but there are only limited numbers available. As Scott said, racks are probably similar to a car park - both cars and bicycles are outside and potential targets for vandals or thieves.
I am in agreement with Andrew in that bicycle racks aren't really all that secure - a good pair of bolt cutters, and you have fled with a bicycle that will probably never be recovered.
louis wrote:If you have secure cycle locking facilities at EVERY station then not allowing them during peak times is fine...
I can largely agree with that.
I suppose the other thing that is of concern is having a blanket ban - services at around 7am to 7:30am aren't likely to be crowded, and neither are services at around 5:30pm to 6pm. I would suggest a service by service ban if things really got extremely necessary