BART to loosen bike restrictions

S.F. Examiner File PhotoTrial run: BART will start allowing passengers to bring their bikes aboard all day on Fridays as part of a pilot program designed to increase ridership among bikers.

S.F. Examiner File PhotoTrial run: BART will start allowing passengers to bring their bikes aboard all day on Fridays as part of a pilot program designed to increase ridership among bikers.

Starting in August, BART will ease restrictions on its bike-boarding policy, allowing them on all trains on Fridays.

BART does not allow bikes onboard certain trains during the morning and evening commutes, in an effort to ease crowding. However, the agency is embarking on a goal to double usage rates for bicyclists on its system, and as part of that the agency will engage in a pilot project to allow bikes all day on Fridays.

Restrictions will remain in place against boarding with bikes on crowded train cars, or on the first car of a train. If the pilot is successful, the agency will consider expanding it to other days of the week.

Currently, about 4 percent of BART passengers access the system through bicycling. The agency hopes to increase that level to 8 percent and has explored ways of achieving that goal. A recent survey found that passengers’ chief desire was the ability to bring bikes aboard trains at all times.

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