On the whole, the bus drivers in Whistler are generally pretty decent guys.
However, after reading about the bus driver who refused to help someone strap in their wheelchair and now what I've just witnessed, I really have to question: Do they have any common sense?
A mother gets on the bus carrying her toddler's bike under her arm.
I'm not really sure you can call it a bike, it has no pedals, no chain, no brakes and it's about the size of a skateboard.
She gets on and is met with: "You're going to have to put that on the front bike rack."
After a few minutes of trying various ways of getting a one and half foot long bike into an adult bike rack the bus driver is happy with one wheel precariously balancing in one of the adult wheel wells.
The mother is not so happy fortunately – I'm pretty sure that it would have fallen off and gone under the bus while travelling, which wouldn't be great on the highway.
So rather than say – fine then you can bring it on. The bus driver leaves the mother and the very unhappy child (it is a hot day) standing at the bus stop. Great service!
Remember – this is a bus service that carries dozens of sharp edged skis and snowboards in the cabin all through winter. The tiny bike was not a safety issue in comparison.
The bus driver that refuses a three year old kid and a flustered mother on a bus because of a bike that's no bigger than a skateboard and tries to fit said bike into an adult bike rack, is probably more of a safety issue.