I know there’s at least one or two guys who read this site occasionally who are into bikes. So I have a question- rather, a technical design scenario. Let’s say you were looking at some sort of bicycle storage provision for rail cars. What sorts of design elements should be incorporated into the storage solution to make it user friendly, safe, convenient, etc?
As a reference, the rail cars in question would be a commuter rail type of car. Riders typically embark at one of a handful of stations and disembark after a 30 to 60 minute ride. There’s not a lot of on-off like you get with subways. It’s meant for transit from suburbs to the city, generally. Also, there’s a fair bit of recreational use on the weekends, possibly riders transporting bikes to and from the city for tourism.
The bike storage unit must be inside the rail car. Due to tunnels and adjacent tracks, outside storage is not possible. SInce the storage will be inside, it will necessarily take up some space that could be use for seated passengers. The goal is to minimize seating loss.
Will be interested to hear your input on this. Feel free to include sketches, etc as well.