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Monday, October 1, 2012

BART Riders Still Don't Totally Love Having Bikes on Trains, but They Don't Hate it Either

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 8:16 AM

click to enlarge Now imagine if they all had bikes, too
  • Now imagine if they all had bikes, too

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.

Also See: BART Riders Seem Optimistic About Bike Fridays

According to BART:

37 percent wanted to keep the blackouts; 37 percent wanted to end them; and 25 percent favored

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.)

Roughly 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.

But the real problem isn't the bikes, it's the people riding the bikes. Roughly 25 percent of respondents who rode during the pilot said that cyclists just don't follow the rules on trains. They said bikes more often than not end up blocking aisles or doors, or their owners fail to yield priority space to seniors and people with disabilities, just to name a few.

So there you have it: mixed feelings about bikes on BART. This issue isn't dead yet, so what do you think? Should bikes be allowed on BART during heavy commute hours? Tonight is your chance to speak up at a a community meeting tonight at 6. Check out the agenda here.

Or if you are too lazy to leave your computer, just leave a comment below.

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