Folding bicycles are now allowed on San Francisco Municipal Railway buses and light-rail vehicles, a Muni spokesman said today.
The policy is part of the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s bicycle plan to increase ridership around the city, spokesman Paul Rose said.
The city’s original bike plan was adopted in 2005, but improvements to the network could not be implemented until four years later when a court injunction was lifted.
Rose said the foldable bike policy was not enacted with some of those initial improvements by the SFMTA because “we just wanted to make sure we were moving as safe and as appropriately as possible.”
Customers using folding bicycles are asked to fold their bikes prior to boarding, and to keep them with them and away from other passengers or wheelchairs.
Non-folding bicycles can be put on bike racks mounted on the front of Muni buses. The agency is currently developing a policy for allowing them on the light-rail vehicles. No bikes of any kind are allowed on cable cars.
As part of the city’s bike plan, Muni is also working with BART to set up a bike station at the Civic Center station, which the two agencies share.
Since the court injunction was lifted, the SFMTA has installed more than 350 sidewalk bike racks, which provide 700 bicycle parking spaces, as well as eight on-street bike corrals in areas with high bike parking demand.
For more information on the city’s bike plan, visit www.sfmta.com/bikes.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News