Bikes on BART
BART's Rush-Hour Bike Ban Ends July 1st!
Hoorray! After years of advocacy from the SF Bicycle Coalition and East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the BART Board of Directors voted to hold a five-month trial, allowing bicycles on trains during all hours of the day, and removing a key obstacle to regional travel by bike. The five-month lift of the “bike blackout” will run July 1-December 1. In October, BART will evaluate the long pilot, and if all is going well, they’ll lift the ban completely!
Thanks to the more than 500 people who sent in letters of support for lifting the ban, our advocacy helped bring about this momentous decision.
While the bike blackout is lifted for five months, bikes will still not be allowed on the first three cars of the train during rush-hour. Bicycles are never allowed in crowded trains, and we expect all BART customers to use common sense when choosing which car to enter. While there was a push for a permanent lifting of the ban, we commend BART for their cautious, but diligent progress in better bicycle access. Below, you can find a full history of Bicycles and BART.
Beginning July 1st, 2013, the rules for bikes on BART are as follows:
BART Plans and Documents
Draft 2012 BART Bike Plan Update (June 2012) — BART would like to see their current bike mode share doubled to 8% over the next decade, and they've drafted an update to their bicycle access plan that defines strategies they'll pursue to encourage and support increased use of bicycles. Top-level issues covered in the plan are: Cyclist Circulation (improve station circulation for passengers with bicycles), Plentiful Parking (create world-class bicycle parking facilities), Beyond BART Boundaries (help assure great bicycle access beyond BART's boundaries), Bikes on BART (optimize bicycle accommodations aboard trains), and Persuasive Programs (complement bicycle-supportive policies and facilities with support programs).
Milestones for Bikes on BART
1972: BART opens, bicycles prohibited on trains and in stations at all times