Muni rolls out new three-bike racks

Bike riders who take Muni will notice that some buses are now equipped with new bike racks that can now fit three bikes.

Starting this month, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said it will equip the new racks on some Muni routes that have steep inclines to give bike riders a breather before hitting the streets again and to provide more space for bikes.

Currently, Muni buses have a bike rack for two spaces located near the front bumper of Muni buses.

SFMTA spokesman Ben Jose wrote on the SFTMA’s blog that buses on the 7-Haight/Noriega, 18-46th Avenue, 25-Treasure Island, 29-Sunset, 36-Teresita, 37-Corbett, 44-O’Shaughnessy and 49-Mission/Van Ness routes will be testing the new racks.

Jose said the transit agency will testing how the larger racks affect the driver’s visibility, the buses’ approach on steep hills, and if the racks block headlights.

The cost of for each new bike rack is $784.

Jose said the new testing of new bike racks is in support of National Bike Month, which kicked off on May 1.

The transit agency is seeking feedback from Muni riders who happen to board one of buses and uses the new bike rack asking questions like if a bigger bike rack on Muni buses would influence your transportation choices and if you would bike more if you would bike more if Muni had more bike racks.

Muni riders who bike will have plenty of time to test out the new racks, Jose said. Testing is expected to last for six months.

The transit agency is also in the process of adding bike racks at bus stops as a new amenity at transit shelters.