Bikes on BART, Except for First Three Trains

By Staff and wire reports
|  Monday, Mar 18, 2013  |  Updated 11:44 AM PDT
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Bikes on BART, Except for First Three Trains

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Bicyclists will be able to ride on trains all day, including  commuting hours, beginning  today, with some restrictions.

The program runs through Friday, and follows on the heels of another BART trial with bikes that limited the efforts on five Fridays last summer. As part of the five-day pilot, bicyclists will be able to take their bicyclists on board, but not ride in the first three trains.

The program runs through Friday, and follows on the heels of another BART trial with bikes that limited the efforts on five Fridays last summer.

BART's Bicycle Plan aims to make it easier to use a bicycle to get to and from BART, and has a goal of doubling the percentage of riders who access BART by bike from approximately 4.5 percent currently to 8 percent by 2022, according to BART.

Most everyone agrees in theory that getting more people to bike to BART is a good thing, for clearing up congestion on roads, helping the environment, even for people’s personal health in increasing exercise. Yet BART trains are more crowded, with ridership at record levels, so the challenge is finding ways to accommodate bikes that don’t significantly disrupt the experience for others.

The survey will be live at www.bart.gov/bikes starting on the first day of the pilot. In addition, other feedback on bikes can be emailed to bikes@bart.gov.  The results of the second bike pilot will be presented to the Board of Directors at a future meeting, with opportunity for public comment, before determining what happens next.

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