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Bikes and Trains [Steven Vance's Wiki]
 

Bikes and Trains

A database of the best policies and features about bikes on trains from around the world. Read the background on Grid Chicago. See 200 photos of bikes and trains from around the world.

Policies

Time rules

“However, I think the very first item that needs to be raised with CTA to make the El/subway trains more bike-friendly is to allow bikes to be brought on at any time of day. Right now, they are not allowed at all during normal commuting times. This effectively makes a statement that bikes on CTA trains are only for recreational riding only. I understand the space issue at peak times, but still.” -MichelleBWLP (Bicycles on CTA currently disallowed on July 2, July 4, and between 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM)

Facilities

  • Monitored bike parking (Will)
  • Bike lockers (secure bike parking) (Will)

On Board

California

Bay Area

Los Angeles

  • Metrolink adds bike cars. 08-03-11. ”'We hope to attract bicyclists whose public transportation options may be limited by available storage space,' said Metrolink CEO John Fenton.”

Illinois

Experiences

Staff education & consistency

Adam "Cezar" Jenkins

I'm siting on the train, bike strapped to the opposite side with a few others when the conductor comes asking whose bikes they were. He starts to say that we needed to “get off” because there was a disabled person getting on.

I understand his position. He must accomodate them first. My heart started to race. The next train was over an hour. Will I be over an hour late for work because of this?

Luckily that conductor realized that the seat I was sitting in was ADA and the disabled person could sit there.

Without consistency, I can't trust using Metra. My first reaction would be “screw this, I'm buying a car”.

Suggested fixes: One of two things, dedicated bicycle infrastructure on the train, or more frequent trains. Sadly Metra isn't interested in the infrastructure, and our government is too cheap to do anything more than keep shoving more and more cars into downtown until we drown in them.

Comments

 
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