Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky should think big when it comes to bikes. Everyone could be a winner here – commuters, the government, the health system, the environment .. maybe even Connex too. Don’t limit the public bike scheme to inner Melbourne. A bike station on every metropolitan train platform. Train late or cancelled? No worries; pedal power to the rescue. Swipe the Myki over the seat, and away you go. And if the train’s not running anyway, just use the tracks. Now how’s that for a saving on infrastructure? A bit bumpy, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. And you might lose a kilo or two from the vibrations. (And your nose won’t be buried in anyone’s armpit either). The level crossings could be challenge, but nothing a bit of coaching from the Beach Road hellriders won’t fix.
Yep, I reckon that’s it. A pedal-driven transport makeover.