Friday, October 25, 2013

BART removes ban on bicycles

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Bicycles will be allowed aboard BART trains at all times, including rush hours, following a unanimous vote Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 by the BART Board of Directors to lift existing restrictions.

The decision follows three trial periods which allowed BART to evaluate the potential impact of bicycles in terms of loading and crowding. Also a likely factor: public acceptance of bicycles on BART, according to BART Program Manager Steve Beroldo.

"With each bike pilot, the level of bike acceptance grew," Beroldo told SF.Streetsblog.org.

Bicyclists still face some regulation and restriction, however, according to the BART website. Bicycles are: (1) "welcome on all trains but never in the first car or any crowded car"; and (2) not allowed on the first three cars of any train during rush hours. Folded bikes are allowed on trains at all times, BART noted.

BART on its website also pleads for common sense to prevail, asking of bicycle cusomters, "Use your good judgment and only board cars that can comfortably accommodate you and your bicycle."