Bike Racks on Vancouver Island Greyound Buses sign now

Transporting bicycles up and down Vancouver Island is somewhat of a hassle unless you have access to a vehicle. VIA rail's passenger service is very inconvenient as there is only one departure time per day in each direction from each city it services, and it does not allow bikes on board even if they are in a box. The Greyhound bus has a reasonable schedule and does allow travelers to transport bikes as luggage or freight but it must be in a box and they charge approximately $30 for transportation on the island. This is prohibitively expensive especially when compared to the cost of your own bus ticket. A Nanaimo to Victoria fare costs less. Unless you have access to a vehicle to haul the bike and box, the process of transporting a bike is very inconvenient, and the process will go something like this:

Lock the bike up at the bus depot you are departing from. Buy some packing tape, or maybe you will have brought some with you. Walk to the closest bike shop. Get a bike box. Hopefully they have one handy that they will give/sell to you. Walk back to the depot with the box. Hopefully its a short walk because these boxes can get heavy and cumbersome, and they are extremely difficult to ride with on your bike, hence the walking. Disassemble your bike, removing pedals, front wheel and handlebars. Pack it into the box, tape it up and hand it over in time to catch your bus. When you get to your destination, if youre lucky your bike box will be there too. The situation where your bike is not on your bus might arise on long haul trips with multiple transfer points. But even so, it sure does put a kink in your plans when you are left to lug around a bunch of panniers without a bike. After you find your bike box, you unpack and reassemble the bike and dispose of the box by perhaps hiding it somewhere convenient, in case you need it on the return trip so you dont have to go through the box scouting mission again.

At some bus depots there might be the option to purchase a special bike box for $15, adding some convenience, but also further adding to the cost of transport. None of the bus depots and Greyhound Express Couriers on Vancouver Island offer this service.

The simplest and most convenient solution which has been employed by many city and commuter buses is to put bike racks on the front bumper of the bus. No boxes necessary. I had a similar issue with GO Transit when I was living in Toronto, in that I was unable to transport my bike on any GO bus routes except in a box. They stated that there were unable to offer bike racks due to the high speeds at which the buses travel on the highway. It seems they have rectified whatever issues they were having because they now offer bike racks on all their buses serving all the Greater Toronto area. If GO Transit can do it, so can Greyhound.
http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/travelling/leaveyourcar.aspx

Not only would this be a great service to provide to Greyhound customers on Vancouver Island but I think it would also benefit Greyhound by increasing ridership. If you are in support of having bike racks installed on the Greyhound buses on Vancouver Island please sign this petition and pass word of its existence on to others who might be interested in signing as well.

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Latest Signatures

  • 07 January 2016500. Alexander K
    City Victoria This is a very important needed service that we missed for Grandmothers for Africa Campbell River to Victoria ride.
  • 03 January 2016499. Willy Vank
    City Comox Long overdue
  • 03 January 2016498. Rheannon B
    City Victoria I would absolutely ride Greyhound accross the Island if they had a bike rack to transport my bike. This would make for a fantastic summer holiday biking up island!
  • 02 January 2016497. Carl J
    City Victoria, BC Twice this summer I've been disuaded from using the bus to go up island as I can't bring my bike
  • 30 December 2015496. Annie M
    City nanaimo lets do it!
  • 26 December 2015495. Bharat Hudson
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 2015494. Lisa W
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 2015493. Gladys S
    City Courtenay Long overdue.
  • 15 December 2015492. Thomas M
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015491. Leah B
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 2015490. Eric A
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 2015489. Heather B
    City Victoria Only stipulation is that you will need to track when the rack is full.
  • 17 November 2015488. Suzanne S
    City Victoria YES to racks! Let's get up-to-date transportation options!
  • 09 November 2015487. Erika V
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 2015486. Megan A
    City Vancouver В
  • 17 October 2015485. Mark S
    I support this petition
  • 08 October 2015484. Lori B
    I support this petition
  • 02 October 2015483. Max U
    City Victoria Get with the times Greyhound! I thought you were speedy, but in this you are the tortoise.
  • 27 September 2015482. Brian C
    City Victoria Don't forget Pacific Coach Lines as well
  • 22 September 2015481. Robert H
    City Ucluelet Here's an opportunity for Grey Hound to be enviromentally sensitive.
  • 21 September 2015480. Christine L
    City Tofino the sooner the better
  • 17 September 2015479. Paul R
    I support this petition
  • 13 September 2015478. Sharon D
    City Parksville Packing a bike in a box for travel is no easy feat - we had to do it for air travel last year.
  • 13 September 2015477. Sue F
    City COMOX BC This makes complete sense, and may increase business for Greyhound!
  • 06 September 2015476. Dawna Lucero
    City Victoria do you support GREEN alternatives or not? Cyclists are people, too
  • 27 August 2015475. Sid J
    City Sooke,BC About time
  • 20 August 2015474. Graham O
    City Nanaimo В

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