East Yorkshire’s first bike-friendly buses hit the road

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East Yorkshire has invested £2m in eight new ADL Enviro400 double-deckers, each featuring specially-designed racks to carry bikes on board.

From 10 August the cycle-friendly buses were rolled out onto the company’s flagship X46 and 45 routes between Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington and York, and between Bridlington, Driffield and York, with travellers able to bring their bikes along for free.

Besides the cycle racks, the buses also have onboard WiFi, USB and wireless chargers, tables, next stop announcements and luxury interiors.

In another first for East Yorkshire, passengers will soon be able to stream media to their devices from an on-board entertainment system.

The buses also utilise the SmartVision digital mirror system instead of traditional wing mirrors.

Ben Gilligan, East Yorkshire’s Area Director, said: “When we ordered the new buses, we wanted to make sure they had everything passengers wanted. The technology on board means people can make the most of the time they spend on the bus, whether that’s working, catching up on the latest shows, or simply sitting back in our comfortable seats and enjoying the view.

“At the moment, everyone’s talking about getting active, so the ability to bring your bike along is a game changer.  It opens up huge possibilities for both commuters and those who cycle for fun to make the most of the endless opportunities for cycling in our amazing part of the country.”

The latest batch of Enviro400s also feature the 21st Century-supplied digital mirror system, SmartVision