Pace fleet equipped with easy-to-use bike racks
buses with bike racks is another way Pace is working to make public transportation
a convenient option for both work commutes and recreational trips. Pace completed
that project by having a rack on most* fixed-route bus in the suburbs by April
"We realize that many people don't live within walking distance
of a bus route, so being able to put their bike on a bus gives them a way to
utilize public transit," said Pace Executive Director T.J. Ross.
Ross initiated the bike-rack program in June 2000 after successfully implementing
such a project at the Phoenix Transit System in Arizona, where he worked for more
than 20 years before coming to Pace in 1998. Ross knew the racks could also become
popular in the Chicago area if given the chance.
Pace bicycle racks are used by hundreds of riders each month. Bike riders are
then assured that making transfers to other Pace buses is never a problem.
The Pace bike rack is attached to the front bumper of the bus, and remains
folded vertically against the bus when not in use. The lightweight rack pulls
down into a horizontal position to carry two bikes, which are easily secured by
the bike riders. The tires fit into slots, while a spring-loaded support arm is
pulled over the front tire. The bikes sit across the front of the bus, and the
process of securing or removing a bike takes only seconds. Riders use the bike
racks for free.
Pace operates more than 200 bus routes throughout Chicago's suburbs, making
connections to hundreds of employment sites, shopping centers, recreational areas
and bicycle paths.
*Most buses are equipped with bicycle racks. Express routes and certain feeder
routes do not have bike racks.