This short piece from Streetfilms addresses New York but is equally applicable here in Wellington.
When we set out from home our destination isn’t the bus stop or train station, so it’s important that public transport does as much as it can to get us to where we really want to go. At present, this is the big advantage cars have over buses and trains; cars can go door to door with minimal hassle. Adding bike racks to buses increases our commuting and general transport options by some considerable margin.
For example: I live in Hataitai and my hairdresser is in Brooklyn, up the lung-breaking Todman Street. I go to see her every five weeks or so, and this involves riding in to the city, locking and leaving my bike, catching the No. 8 bus up the hill, catching the bus down the hill even though it’s a lovely ride past Central Park, walking two blocks back to where I parked my bike, and riding home through the city. If I could just take my bike on the bus I could come back down the hill, maybe cut down Bidwill Street and through Wellington High/Massey Uni, flick around the Basin & be home in, oh, a third of the time?