Well, the results are in, and what we can tell you is that most people don't care if you bring your bike on BART -- until they do.
The transit agency ran a fun experiment in the month of August where they allowed bikes on BART every Friday during peak commute hours -- when the train is jammed-packed and hot as hell. The idea was to see whether passengers and cyclists with bikes in tow could cohabitate on the stressful commute.
However, the results haven't done much to resolve this debate. It appears passengers surveyed were evenly split on whether to allow bikes on BART during peak commute hours or not.
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According to BART:
37 percent wanted to keep the blackouts; 37 percent wanted to end them; and 25 percent favoredRoughly 90 percent of respondents who rode BART during this pilot program said they didn't personally experience any problems having bikes on the trains. But of the 10 percent who did have some issues with it, the most commonly cited problems were -- you guessed it -- bikes blocking aisles, doorways, and seats, and bikes running into passengers.
reducing the blackout periods to one hour from two. Other data from the
survey suggest similarly divided feelings. When asked if lifting the blackout would impact their likelihood to ride BART, 25 percent said they would be more likely to ride. (10 percent would be less likely to ride and 66 percent would be equally as likely to ride.)