Any real “bike people” reading this blog may laugh at me, but before today I had never put my bike on those racks on the front of an Alameda County Transit bus. To be honest, I was scared to because I had no idea how.
But today, I was faced with the challenge of picking up Toth at 12:30 in central Alameda, then getting the girls at 1:15 in downtown Oakland. I was planning to take buses the whole way, but then I got distracted and by the time I left the house, it was actually too late to take the bus to get Toth on time, so I had to ride my bike. Toth’s bike was locked up near his Lego camp, since he had ridden there with his dad that morning. We wanted to take the free Estuary Crossing Shuttle, but apparently it doesn’t run between noon and 3 p.m., so we took the 51A to downtown Oakland. And when that bus pulled up, I lifted Toth’s little bike into the bus, waved him on, and then told the driver I had to put my bike on the front. I had to pop my head into the bus two times to ask for clarification on how to lock my bike into place.
When we got off the bus, I learned that if your bike is the last one left on the rack, you are supposed to fold the rack back up against the bus front.
Now I am a bike/bus pro!