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BART Riders Divided on Bike Blackout Hours

Following poll results, the transit authority appears to be torn on how to handle bicycle blackout hours. Where do you stand on standing near bicycles on BART?

A recent poll shows that BART riders are equally for and against keeping bicycle blackout hours during peak weekday ridership times, according to an analysis from the transit agency. 

“A lot of passengers took the time to provide feedback through online and telephone surveys. We’ve received more than 7,500 responses,” said Angela Borchardt of BART’s Marketing and Research Department. 

According to a BART report released Friday, 37 percent of poll takers wanted to keep the blackouts, 37 percent wanted to end them and 25 percent favored reducing the blackout periods to one hour from two.

BART reserves about two hours during top weekday commute times during which bikes are not allowed on trains. Any changes to the blackout program would need to go before the transit authority’s board of directors, according to the report.

For more information on the survey and complete results, download the BART Marketing and Research Survey.

The public can discuss the results when the BART Bicycle Task Force has a meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 pm. Here is the meeting agenda: download the agenda.

*Where do you stand on standing near bicycles on BART? Tell us in comments!

John Doe September 29, 2012 at 07:48 PM
It's sad when people who are trying to do the right thing by bicycling are punished in favor of other commuters who likely drive their cars to and from the BART station and or take a taxi when they get to their destination. It's funny how BART train drivers don't seem to notice the crimes that occur on BART but- oh boy- if you get on the wrong car with a bike you'll certainly hear about it!
Barbara Doherty September 30, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The no bike rules are outdated, limiting the rush hour limits the whole group of people transit is serving. There are many violators anyway. It may come to the point there are more bikes and people will have to learn to wait and also make room. Be safe getting to the station, use the elevators, or carry your bike up the stairs if safe.
Rick September 30, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I don't know what it costs to pull a car, but how about dedicating an entire one to bikes? Us cyclists can deal with each other without annoying anyone. And if BART could modify the car so the bikes hang up like they do on Amtrak, there would be plenty of room for everyone.
William Kearns October 01, 2012 at 01:17 AM
As for train operators noticing bikes but not crimes, they can see passengers trying to bring aboard bikes from the platforms. Watching all the cameras inside the cars would be practically impossible. Regarding cars, driving to the station does not equal being a bad person.
Jane Doe October 01, 2012 at 01:43 AM
As someone who walks to and from BART seven days a week, now and then, I would like to take a taxi home, especially when conditions are dark and unsafe. Or perhaps I am running late to work. Many taxi drivers are hostile about driving short distances. Seems that they are all waiting for that $100 plus tip airport fare. They would rather sit and do nothing for three hours than drive a commuter a couple of miles.

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