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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

BART Video Shows Cyclists How to Ride the Train Without Pissing Off Other Passengers

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

BART shows cyclists how not to be space-hogging pricks
  • BART shows cyclists how not to be space-hogging pricks

BART is into its third month of allowing bikes on BART during rush hour, as part of an experiment to see whether cyclists and non cyclists can commute home together at peak hours without killing each other.

So what can cyclists do to ensure the BART Board of Directors makes this program permanent come Dec. 1? Don't be a space-hogging prick.

To help those of you who are still confounded by this notion, BART has created this how-to instructional video, showing cyclists easy ways to use the train without creating extra problems.

See Also: Tips for Bringing Your Bike on BART During Rush Hour

It used to be that no bikes were allowed on BART during rush hour -- early in the morning and later in the afternoon-- but to help assist cyclists, the transit agency started a pilot program that allows bikes on BART at all times, with some restrictions. Under the program, bikes are not allowed on trains where they cannot "comfortably fit." Of course, "comfortably fit" is all subjective -- some of us are only comfortable sitting on the couch in loose sweat pants.

"The big challenge is that some cars are going to be too crowded for bikes to get on them, and we have to ask bicyclists not to board those cars," said Steve Beroldo, BART's bike program manager. "They have to move toward the back of the train, they may have to wait for another train."

Beroldo then provides a nice rule-of-thumb for cyclists to use: if you don't have ask multiple people to move, or if you are not going to be at risk of running into someone, then it's probably Okay to bring your bike on board.

"Cyclists need to be very conscious of not blocking seats and not blocking the doors. Also, they should remember that chains can be oily, tires can have road grit on them, and they don't want to bump into people," he said.

BART is planning to do its part to make all this a little easier on commuters; it's going to add secure bike parking at some stations as well as decals with narrow platforms to show bikes where to wait. One day in the near future there will be more space and bike racks. Lastly, BART recently launched a new online gadget you can access via its QuickPlanner tool that'll give riders a pretty good idea which trains have enough space for bikes, and which don't.

Until we all get the hang of it, watch this:


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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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