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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons
Mark A. Ball

February 11, 2009

Bike racks available on most DART buses

Bike and bus combo means a healthier commute

Bicyclists can now transport their bikes aboard Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in brand-new, quality, heavy-duty racks attached to the front of hundreds of buses.

DART began adding the racks late last year and expects to have all buses equipped by the end of February. Tony Mendoza, DART's senior manager consumer programs, said the addition of 655 racks will allow customers to go places they may not have tried reaching before due to time constraints and distance.

Image: Using a DART bus bike rack
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Image: DART bus bike rack
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"Now they can combine their bicycle use with our rail and bus service to travel even further. Bicyclists can take a bike to their job, area bike paths or school," he said.

"The new racks have a locking mechanism to prevent bikes from coming loose. And, for additional safety, buses have had special mirrors installed that allow bus operators to see both the bike racks and the customers loading them."

Mendoza said that up to two bikes can be easily stored in each new rack, which cyclists can load and unload themselves, after following a few simple instructions affixed to the racks. More information on bicycle use and DART can be found at www.dart.org/bike or by calling Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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