anyone taken a bike on megabus?

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dmtroyer
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@ejwme very good point.


Mick
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@ edmunds … you would think people were asking to bring poorly secured crates of venomous snakes on board

It’s not right.

It’s not even very funny, really.

But I’m somehow compelled to do it..

< Samuel L Jackson voice >

“I’ve HAD it with these mutherf*cking bikes on this mutherf*cking bus!”


Pierce
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I’ve witnessed luggage problems on Megabus even on Pittsburgh routes. Coming back from NYC one time, the bus driver spent an hour trying to rearrange luggage in State College and then declared that anybody with luggage at State College wouldn’t be permitted to board the bus and left.


rsprake
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Sounds about on par with them leaving my mom on the curb when they screwed up her reservation. Website said 7am, their system said 7pm.


StuInMcCandless
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My one experience with Megabus was a Pgh-NYC trip via State College. Only 20 or so on board here, but full bus from S.C., and it seemed everyone brought a big suitcase. The driver spent 25 minutes rearranging and shoving, gave up, and announced that three bags weren’t going to make the trip, so either join the bag or have someone come get it, but he was leaving in two minutes.

Given that, I would think that trying to pack a bike would be a big PITA for a lot of other passengers.


Steven
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Low-cost carrier Megabus.com is ending service from Pittsburgh to Columbus and Cincinnati after March 13, a company official said today.

Our perspective: Some routes have enough room for bikes. Megabus should change its rules to clearly permit them.

Megabus’s perspective (perhaps): Some routes have enough room for bikes. We should cancel those unprofitable routes and replace them with routes that are filled to capacity.


edmonds59
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You can still get the Greydog to Cbus and Cincinatti 4 times a day. So probably all the Megabus cancellation means is that there is not enough excess demand for a second more aggressive carrier to challenge the dog.

Also Greyhound is probably much better set up to provide cash, point of departure ticket sales for lower income people who may not have credit cards, internet access, printers, etc. who are more likely to use the bus anyway.

And Greyhound specifically allows bikes, they just have to be somehow packaged. There’s some kind of exception for bikes and skis, maybe from the size or weight limits, not clear.

Not trying to be a fan of the dog, just posing hypotheses.


edmonds59
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OT was googling around travel options, found this Via Rail Canada employee with the amazing fauxhawk and just had to share;

Smiles. Back to your program.


salty
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There are other types of bike racks than what PAT has, especially if speed of loading isn’t as much of a concern. the google buses have something like this (actually this one is fancier but the same basic idea). you can lock your bike to it.


bear250220
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i dont drive megabus but i work there megabus is just one division of the company i drive around shadyside and east liberty all day on my route


abracadabra
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I’m pretty bummed about the columbus route cancellation, as I took that all the time, but I can’t complain a ton because greyhound is only $17 in advance, and I can take my bike. So I guess that pretty much sums it up.

A related question: I’m taking megabus to NYC this weekend. Is there any place nearby where I can lock my bike reasonably safely? Hopefully with a proper, uncuttable thing to lock to (not a fence), maybe with a security camera, maybe in a hard to access location… I normally take the bus down but biking would be much easier.


rsprake
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There is the parking garage on Penn in the theatre district that has covered 3 rivers racks. Just lock it really, really well.


dmtroyer
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@abra the parking deck at Penn & 9th has a bunch of three rivers racks and has decent security I believe.


abracadabra
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If you guys are talking about the same place, I will give it a try. Are there cameras? My bike is pretty theft-proof, but that spot is visible from the sidewalk and all…


dmtroyer
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Pretty sure it is visible from the security desk and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a camera given it is at the entrance of the garage. That said, personally I would take more comfort that it is visible from a busy sidewalk than visible by a security officer.


Mick
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Get some waterpaint in garish colors and trash your bike with it before you leave.


Swalfoort
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We’ve had a few reports of bikes stolen from that location over the years, but it’s not a hot spot for thefts as far as I can tell. Lock it well, and hope for the best.

If that is not usable for some reason, the vertical rack behind the bike center (7th Street, between Penn and Ft. Duquesne, across from Bossa Nova) are pretty well obscured from public view. Normally the opposite of what you think you want when locking a bike, but there is something to be said for “out of sight, away from inquiring minds….” Again, if you use that location, lock it well, and hope for the best.


Boazo
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This stripped frame is still there (9th and Penn garage) from 7 months ago …

stripped bike 9th and Penn garage


Marko82
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“out of sight, away from inquiring minds….”

This has me thinking. What do you guys think about locking the bike on say, the third or fourth floor of a garage if possible? I don’t know how bike thieves operate, but my guess is that they don’t usually look beyond the obvious places. Just make sure it’s a solid railing or some such.


abracadabra
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As far as I have read, it’s bad to lock a bike in a busy area because the thief can blend in with the crowd… just pretending to be unlocking or adjusting their bike. I would think that the first line of defense is having a bike which you don’t care if it gets stolen, second is having a good lock, third locking your bike where a thief wouldn’t ever come across it (if possible), and the FOURTH is having it somewhere where the thief thinks they’d be caught (e.g. with obvious security cameras or an official person nearby). Which is why I was originally thinking Marko82’s idea originally. The reason I’m concerned about being visible from the sidewalk is not that there are people around (which is potentially a good thing), but that an opportunistic thief would see it strolling around late at night. Of course all of this is based on anecdotal and extremely sparse data… Should probably just get a thrift store bike and bring that down there.


StuInMcCandless
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That’s some of what Velominati Rule 12 is about.


pinky
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Marko – I’d be worried that the garage owners/security would see a bike parked up a few levels and consider it to be an “illegal” spot since most garages have racks at the entry.

For what it’s worth, the hubby and I once parked our car at 6th and Ft Duquesne and rode our bikes around the north shore. When we went to go back to the car, we had a security guard scream “no riding bikes in the parking garage” when we were about at the 4th level.

We (probably insensitively) ignored him and rode back to our car. I wasn’t walking my bike up to the roof, and I doubt they’d want us in the elevators.

But that experience leads me to think that riding up 3-4 levels to park will be discouraged.


Aryn
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I biked to Atlanta and took Megabus coming back. This seemed like a good idea, I’ve packed up my bike and taken it on their buses before. To get here I had to switch buses twice. I got to the bus stop in Atlanta and learned they’d made changes to their luggage policy. I think before it was just a weight requirement, but they now ask that you measure the length, width, and height of the bag and the sum of these numbers cannot be more than 62″. A little silly if you ask me. Asked nicely and the driver did let me on anyway, leaving me to worry about what I’d do if either of the other two drivers did not (perhaps not the smartest move, I’ll admit). I did get on all three buses, with the bike-the other two didn’t even really say anything about it. Getting off in Pittsburgh, though, I was told- For future reference, you can’t bring a bike on the bus, even in a bag. (not by the driver, just one of the other people helping unload there) So, maybe I should give up taking my bike on Megabus. Looks like Greyhound has the same size policy, but at least has in place also a policy to charge you extra if you go over, where Megabus will just boot you if they decide you aren’t in line.


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I wish Megabus would just have an up charge or some policy for bikes. I mean an extra $10 or something for a piece of mind. That way you aren’t rolling the dice all the time.


Mick
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@aryn I biked to Atlanta and took Megabus coming back

Biked to Atlanta!? Could you do a trip report?

Enquiring minds need to know!


Aryn
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It would be nice. I don’t think Megabus drivers are allowed to take money on site, must go through website, so it would have to be done ahead. It would be nice, though. Greyhound would, of course. Except I think they’ll gladly take $30-40 for the excess.

Trip report coming soon, Mick.


pearmask
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Yeah, I am very curious about this trip report. I want to bike from Pittsburgh to Knoxville someday, and I’ve tried to research bike routes from here to the South, but I haven’t made much progress yet…


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@pearmask You still are to continue your preparations for the trip on Mondays 7pm-8pm, right? :)


Mick
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@pearmask – I just checked that trip on Google bike directions.

571 miles – and 175 are on bike paths. That is 30% of the way!

Now, I would take a totally different path from the Google one to get as far as Morgantown, so it might be taken with a grain of salt. For isntance, I don’t know what 119 is like south of Uniontown, but it would be suicidal near Connellesville.

West Virginia does have great bike trails. The Mon in WV has a trail beside it for the whole distance, for example.

I’m curious – for Atlanta, the low traffic roads might go through WV, but there would be a few hills on that route too. Google recommends going thorugh Cincinatti. I’m guessing teh ACA “Underground Railroad” route might be good too.

This really, REALLY needs another thread.


pearmask
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Mikhail, right now I have to teach until 7:15, so I can’t do stairs at 7pm when everyone else starts, but last week I did wander up there around 7:45 and catch stefb on her last trip. I might start doing that regularly (and in two weeks, I’m done teaching and can actually do it with everyone else!)

Mick, agreed — definitely needs another thread. I’m sure I’ll end up making one eventually.


mntbkrguy
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Hello, I’m a Guest here and can see this is an old thread but I want to see if anyone has had success using 2 tickets to transport a packaged bike.

In Megabus’s policy is says you can buy 2 tickets if you want to take additional luggage but they are unclear as to whether it needs to meet the size requirements. My friends and I are riding the GAP and C&O trail and each of us getting 2 – $18 tickets is way cheaper and more convenient than any other option since the 10th St and Penn Ave stop is only a mile or so from the start of the trail. Golden Triangle Bicycles quoted use $530 to shuttle 3 of us.

If this shrink wrap idea works all 3 of us can get extra tickets, wrap the bikes and have very little to throw away once we arive. Anyone have success with this?


StuInMcCandless
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That makes some sense, I guess. An actual person in a seat would potentially have under-bus luggage, so buying a second seat potentially doubles your stowage space, not to mention giving you a legitimate reason to stretch across two seats. There’s a financial benefit to Megabus, too, as they charge progressively higher amounts as the number of available seats drops, AFAIK.


Steven
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Their luggage page says you can buy another ticket to take an additional piece of luggage, but doesn’t mention letting you do that to override their luggage size limit (and explicitly prohibits bikes too). So I think you’d better have a plan B if the driver just won’t let you take your bikes.


mntbkrguy
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I was thinking the same thing. I even called and they couldn’t give me a clear answer. At least it would give a little more to stand on since they don’t clearly say that when referring to the purchase of a second ticket.

We may just play it safe and rent a mini van since there area few places right around the corner from point state park.


jonawebb
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My guess is that if you have a cooperative driver and approach them in the right way they might let you get away with it. The second ticket would probably help. There’s definitely space in there. But if they say no you’re out the cost of the ticket. So if you can get a good ticket price and have a plan B you can invoke at the last minute it might be worth a try.


n3glv
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Do these racks still exist?
I’m heading to dayton via the dog, need to lock my ebike up for about 5days.
Last year I chained it in their garage, but it sure made me nervous.


Marko82
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@n3glv, Kindred cycles is there on Penn @25th in the strip. Maybe you could work out a storage arrangement with them for a multi-day trip.
http://www.kindredcycles.com/


Swalfoort
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I think I just went past the Greyhound station and saw new racks n the corner of 11th and Penn. Visible location, but under some cover. I’d just lock the crap out of it (2-3 locks) and hope for the best. Not a great solution, but that’s all I got.

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