CATA Promotes Goodwill Toward Bicycling Community

CREATED May. 10, 2013

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Lansing — Conventional wisdom may tout “less is more,” but sometimes more really is more. Case in point: the Capital Area Transportation Authority recently purchased three-position bicycle racks for its fixed-route buses, two-position bicycle racks for small buses, and a limited number of bicycle loops for installation throughout the community. Prior to the upgrade, CATA’s fixed-route buses accommodated up to two bicycles, but small buses weren’t equipped to transport bikes.

According to CATA CEO/Executive Sandy Draggoo, “A growing number of riders use our bike racks and rely on CATA to more conveniently access bike-friendly streets and paths, seek shelter during inclement weather, and improve multimodal connectivity and efficiency. Thanks to a 2011 grant award from the Michigan Department of Transportation, made possible from the federal Transportation Enhancement Program, along with our friends at the Tri-County Bicycle Association who generously contributed the required local match, all of our active fixed-route buses will have three-position racks; our large-capacity small buses — those that service Redi-Ride and Rural Service — will have two-position bike racks by the end of July.”

CATA’s commitment to improved multimodal connectivity is further demonstrated by the donation of its displaced two-position bike racks to Clinton Transit and Eatran. This allows for a regionalized push to expand transportation options to the tri-county biking community.  Additionally, CATA installed a visual indicator that allows its bus operators to see when a bike rack is in a proper stowed position without having to get out from behind the wheel. The indicator, which is a vertical orange marker that is visible along the lower portion of the windshield, helps drivers avoid obstructions in the The grant also allowed for the purchase of 20 new bicycle loops for installation at CATA bus stops with high boardings and bicycle usage. Four new bike loops were installed at bus shelters at Frandor and Sparrow Hospital, as well as the South Pennsylvania, Lake Lansing and Okemos Meijer stores.

In total, the enhancement project cost $59,694.