Hey everyone! I have awesome news. I sent an email (months ago) to Sandra Aponte Salazar, part of the
the Houston Metro department. I complained about not having bike racks on the METRO buses. She sent me a response today:
My email that she replied to:
Name: Jason [view details] Title:
Email: ******@yahoo.com Association: college student
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I have a folding bike that I brought with me to head to my college campus. The bus driver said I could not ride with my folding bike. She posed no other alternative other than to stop riding my bike and start riding the bus!!!
This is unfair. Other states like San Diego and Pittsburgh, to name a few, have racks in their buses for bikes.
Houston has one of the worst pollutions in the U.S. Although METRO has implemented their HYBRID buses, they have yet to solve the dilemma of bikes. Alot of bus riders commute not only by foot but by bicycles.
Metro should implement bike racks right away. We are lagging behind with the other states.
Thank you for your time.
Dear Jason Paez-
Thank you for your message regarding the incident with your folding bike.
I had delayed responding your letter because I was aware of discussions within METRO about having bike racks on buses and I did not want to respond until I knew for certain when the plan was going to take effect.
Like you, other bicycle enthusiasts had been asking METRO to accommodate bicycles on board our buses. METRO staff has been working hard to make this happen, and now we are closer than ever to make this come true.
The attached is an invitation to news conference to kick-off the program. More information will become available at that time. If you are unable to attend the event, a news release will be posted online with all the other news releases.
Thanks again for bringing this up to our attention.
Sandra Aponte Salazar
Here is the flier Sandra Aponte Salazar attached!!
The meeting of putting bike racks on the bus will be this Friday, April 20th 2007; 1900 Main St. (in the lobby), Houston TX 77002; 11:30am-1pm.
This issue is looong overdue but I hope and pray this time around something is going to happen.
Ok, some of you might not live in Houston but it would be really cool to see you guys there and support us! hahaha