Yes, it’s true. The LYNX buses are air conditioned. Very well air conditioned as many riders often bring a wrap or sweater to keep the chill off, especially after waiting in the heat for the bus to come.
But how does this relate to commuting by bike? Well, just like walking, everyone commutes. One way to shorten the miles or add a leg that avoids having to ride on one of those safe, but unappealing roads is to take the bus. Since there are racks on the buses, your bike can travel with you safely and securely. Currently, the racks can only accommodate two bikes but there are three bike models out and maybe one day LYNX will begin replacing some racks with the three rack models.
Better yet, on June 18th you can ride LYNX for free all day. Just print out this coupon and show it to the operator.
Not sure which routes are available to you and where they go? You can use LYNX’s trip planner to plan out your route. Also, LYNX system maps and Planners (spiral bound books with detailed route maps and arrival/departure times) are available for free at Lynx Central Station. Regular one way fare is $2 and transfers are free. Be sure to tell the driver you’ll need a transfer if you need one. All day bus passes cost $4.50, 7-day passes are $16 and 30-day passes are $50. Seniors 65+ and the disabled can ride for half price and the blind can ride for free.
Some tips for riding the bus:
- Make sure you wait by the stop, they’re easy to find, they’re big pink paw prints with the Link # (ie bus number) on the bottom of the sign.
- If there are multiple links served by that bus, it’s sometimes customary to wave them off if they’re not the link you need.
- Pull down the bike rack on the front of the bus if it’s in the stowaway position. Squeeze the release handle and lower the rack.
- Lift your bike onto the rack, putting the front wheel where indicated on the rack. The first bike in the rack should be loaded in the position furthest away from the bus.
- Pull the support arm over the front tire as close to the frame as possible. The support arm should rest securely on the tire only, not the frame.
- Board the bus and pay your fare, sit as close to the front as possible.
- Have exact fare, drivers can’t make change.
- Pull the stop cord a few blocks before your destination so the driver has time to stop. Also, exit the front of the bus and let the driver know you have a bike.
- Lift the support arm from the bike’s tire and lower it to the magnet on the rack.
- Lift your bike off the rack. If the rack is empty, raise the rack up against the bus.
It should take all of 10 seconds to load or unload your bike. Some LYNX routes have 30 minute headways (time between buses), others are 1 hour. Still, some of the busiest routes have 15 minute headways. For areas served by multiple routes the headways can be even shorter. Major corridors are Orange Ave, Orange Blossom Trail, Colonial/SR50, Silver Star Road, University Blvd, Semoran/SR 436, etc. So, take a ride on LYNX sometime. Stay cool on a hot day, get out of the rain in the afternoon, arrive at work cool and refreshed, or just enjoy the ride.
Here’s a short video on how to use a rack. While the rider places their bike in the position closest to the bus, it’s better to place the bike in the position farthest from the bus as a general rule, but people generally figure it all out.