I can easily picture what you mean only, with ADA requirements
suggesting low floor buses, I don't know about that much elevation even for
the back part of the bus with low floor in the front. The history books on
buses suggest that double decker buses never became as popular in the states
as in England because people didn't want to climb all of the stairs. It was
fine for a longer trip because the hike up and then back down was justified.
I do though like your idea of putting the bike somehow under the bus. But 5
feet of clearance to roll the bikes in means the inside is 5 feet higher.
It's too bad we can't better utilize that unpleasant zone in the front of low
floor buses. That space now has the huge wheel wells inside the bus. On
some European models they have seats over the wheel wells but in the U.S. we
just run the linoleum up the sides and over the tops of them.
Let me know if you get any more thoughts. We should be able to have
multi modal transportation where you can take your bike on the bus instead of
leaving it at the bus stop. You might want to ride it where you are going?
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