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Ha! This is great--is it from Stedman's house?
The PSU Transportation & Parking office has the nosecap of a TriMet D40LF in its office. It looks REALLY odd. I'm not entirely sure what its purpose is, except to allow PSU students to practice loading their bike onto a bike rack.
allow PSU students to practice loading their bike onto a bike rackThat probably IS the purpose. Makes it so riders can practice without delaying buses and feeling pressured or embarrassed.
But there are no other such "practice" bike racks anywhere else...Why is that, Jason? Is it that ONLY PSU students ride their bikes? You'd think that TriMet would want to encourage this and install such "practice" racks at transit centers and other locations...Oh, that costs money. God forbid, TriMet spend money to encourage and attract ridership...but PSU, it's OK to spend money on those riders (even though TriMet earns far less money per PSU rider than other riders, thanks to PSU's vast property tax and payroll tax breaks, and reduced cost fare sales.)
...not even sure where Erik got that complaint from. I'm not sure where else they can stick them- Transit centers, I suppose, like you said, but even then that's a big dedicated space that probably would cost- let's all say it together- money. PSU bought the thing (presumably), therefore they use it. Besides, PSU is a big focused location right in the middle of downtown where thousands pass through/around daily. It makes sense to me. My thing is, why is it sometimes you disapprove of TriMet spending money on frivolous things (which this, clever as it may be, is quite frivolous if you compare it to restoring service/lowering fares) but sometimes you deride them for NOT doing it? I think you should pick your battles better...
"But there are no other such "practice" bike racks anywhere else"Wrong again, Erik. The Community Cycling Center has one as well.There probably are a few more, but I have no idea where they are.
Official info on the Demonstration Racks. Also, remember that PSU is the #1 transit destination.I think there at least used to be one in the TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square and I know they have a mobile one that can be towed behind (yep) a bike.
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