Tempers flared on a Melbourne train over the weekend when a passenger demanded that other passengers with bikes get off at the next station.
He thought that the oBikes that people had with them would become dangerous if the train stopped suddenly and wanted them gone.
The confrontation became ugly when one of the riders approached the man who then began a fist fight.
It was a poor showing from both — violence is never the answer.
However, the riders were well within their right to have the oBikes on the train.
To give clarity, we've pulled together a list of the rules around Australia for taking bikes on public transport.
Rules state by state
Many bus services come with racks for bikes that are available on a first in, best dressed basis.
Bikes can be taken on Intercity trains and regional trains and coaches at any times, however you will need to make a booking for regional services.
Bike can be taken on ferries and light rail services, however they may not be allowed if there is not enough room.
Bikes cannot be taken on buses.
Only folding bikes are available on buses in the Northern Territory.
Bikes are allowed on trains in non-peak times. Peak times are considered to be between 7:00am and 9:30am and 3:00pm and 6:30pm.
Bikes can be taken on ferries, depending on capacity.
Bikes cannot be taken on buses, however buses replacing trains do have spaces available for bikes.
Bikes are allowed on trains in non-peak times between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Only fold up bikes are allowed on buses and trams.
Bikes can be taken on buses operated in Tasmania by Metro – as long as they can be folded and stored in luggage racks. This rules out taking most bikes on buses.
You can take your bike on a train, except in the following situations:You can take your bike on a train, except in the following situations:
- An inbound metropolitan train in the morning peak
- An outbound metropolitan train in the afternoon peak
- At any of the three City of Perth stations during morning and afternoon peaks
Peak times are between 7:00am and 9:00am, and 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
If you are catching a ferry you can take your bike on if there is an available parking space. There are four bike parking spaces on each ferry.
Bikes cannot be taken on buses in Western Australia.
Ebikes are regarded as regular bicycles, however folding bikes and chainless unicycles are excepted – these can be taken on any train, ferry or bus.
Bikes can be carried on metropolitan trains, you just can’t board the first door of a carriage which are reserved for mobility impaired passengers.
Only folding bikes can be taken on trams and buses, including buses replacing trains. The one exception is a handful of bus services that have bike racks.
Bikes can be taken on regional V/Line trains, but only if there is enough room in the storage section of the train and it is at the discretion of conductors.
Victorian bike riders can keep their bikes secure at train stations and public transport hubs with Bicycle Network's free Parkiteer service. Register now and start riding to the station.
Bikes are usually respected
Passengers don’t usually respond poorly to others with bikes, most are polite and understanding. In early 2017, bus passengers stood up for a rider when security guards tried to kick her off a late night bus.
Trains had been cancelled so the rider boarded the replacement bus with her bike.
The guards said she must get off, however passengers said she should be able to stay as she wasn’t being an inconvenience, and as trains were cancelled the driver should exercise common sense.
Please take care
Whenever you do take your bike on public transport please make sure you are following relevant rules, keep control of your bike while travelling and be courteous to other passengers.