How might we increase space efficiency and ease the interaction of bicycles on buses?
Buses allow oversized bags, skateboards and occasionally large irregular loads. They always allow folding bicycles, but the definition of folding bicycle has not been clarified.
With a folding handlebar and folding pedals any bicycle can become a “small footprint” bicycle. This would make loading a bike on the bus when racks are full easier.
Transit agencies could create a quick bike check to ensure bikes meet the “small footprint” similar to a luggage check at the airport.
Bringing bikes on the bus avoids the problem of loading bikes onto a rack and disabling the bike by folding the handlebars makes it more difficult for a thief to grab and ride.
When folding bicycle handlebars become more widely adopted, rack manufacturers create a new high capacity rack for the new bicycle footprint.