I take the express bus each morning and for the first time witnessed someone actually carrying a cheap 20' inch folder inside the bus! I was surprised the driver allowed him in the first place but he actually did it!
What gets me is all the carrying and how cumbersome the whole situation looked. You see once boarding, he had to carry the bike with two hands and drop it in front of the driver who is getting ready to move the bus. The bike did not want to stay still and was tipping over while he rushed to put money in the fare box. Then while the bus was moving and jerking all over the place, he had to carry the bike with both hands and balance his way to the back of the bus. Do you see why you’ll never see anyone well dressed doing this? I wish I’d been in the back to see all the eyes roll as he approached. At the last stop, he exited the bus carrying that heavy bike down to catch the subway which would have been packed with passengers.
Does anyone see the problem? This is the reason I stopped carrying my folder because it became too heavy was quite cumbersome when using transit in the morning. This is the reason I see more Xooter kick scooters on public transit than folding bikes since it's a much smaller and lighter package.
I guess what I ment to say is that unless public transit becomes more friendly and actually makes space for folding bikes, you'll rarely see anyone with them. I suspect the young man will become exhausted of carrying his bike in about 6 months and you'll never see him doing that again