Feb 19, 2014
An RTA bike rack

CLEVELAND -- More bikes will soon be seen on the front of buses at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), thanks to new three-position bike racks.

On Feb. 18, the Board of Trustees approved a purchase of up to 436 three-position bus racks from Sportworks Northwest. Current buses have racks that hold two bikes. Customers asked for more capacity. RTA listened and responded.
 
Older racks will be replaced as soon as new racks are delivered. RTA's new buses, which will start arriving this fall, will be equipped with three-position bike racks when they arrive.
 
The total contract price is up to $250,000. The averge price per three-position bike rack is about $580 -- a great value every day to the one extra bike rider who will now be able to board that bus with a bike.

Growing in popularity

Over the last few years, bikes have become very popular throughout RTA's system. Bikes can be put on bus racks on all buses, and bikes can be brought on the HealthLine and all rail cars. Annually throughout the system, more than 45,000 customers carry their bikes on RTA.

The three-position bike racks will enable more people to bring their bike along to extend their commute.

RTA provides quality, economic and safe public transportation via rail, bus and Paratransit throughout Cuyahoga County. Real-time information is available for all buses and trains. Check www.riderta.com or call the RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500.

Media Contact: Mary Shaffer, Public Relations: 216-566-5211