TriMet says its drivers are temporarily emphasizing a longstanding rule that bikes loaded on its bus racks ares supposed to be stripped of bulky accessories before boarding.
According to the transit agency's bikes-on-buses policy, these rules apply to "panniers, child seats or any object that could block the headlights or the operator’s vision."
We heard about this after two readers sent accounts of bus drivers telling people to remove such add-ons before boarding. TriMet Bicycle Coordinator Jeff Owen confirms that it's "a reinforcement of our messaging for a while." The issue may take new importance due to TriMet's newest bus model, which improves driver lines of sight by extending its windshield almost as far down as the rack.