Bikes allowed on BART on Fridays as part of New Pilot Program

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According to a recent announcement posted on it’s website, BART has instituted a pilot program to explore how allowing bicycles on trains will affect other commuters and train conductors. Starting in August, bicycles will be allowed on trains all day long on Fridays. The pilot program will not change existing rules governing bicycles on BART trains during the rest of the week. Consequently, current rules and prohibitions governing bicycles remain in effect.

According to BART’s website, the East Bay and San Francisco Bicycle Coalitions have played a key role in the design and implementation of the program. In particular, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (a 12,000 member organization) has long called on BART to make it easier for bike riders to use BART. Given the proximity of BART lines to Bay Area cities, combining bicycles and BART only makes sense, reducing traffic and emissions in the process.

Evaluating the Pilot Program

According to BART, the pilot program will be evaluated every Friday. In general, BART will consider feedback from riders – cyclists and non-cyclists – and the amount of time a train needs at each station to allow cyclists to board. After evaluating these and other issues, proposed changes will be submitted to the BART Board for consideration. BART’s Bicycle Advisory Task Force is also working with BART’s Disability Task Force to ensure access issues are addressed in conjunction with pilot program.

San Francisco Bike Accident Attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg

Given the cost of gas and distribution of population throughout the Bay Area, we can only expect more bicycles on the road. Unfortunately, this also means more bicycle accidents. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, it’s important to involve an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible since insurance companies often employ a number of tactics to reduce or avoid paying claims to injured cyclists. To learn how we can help you, contact Bay Area bicycle accident lawyers at Weber & Nierenberg today.

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