It’s been ten years since BART had its first bike plan and everyone’s favorite “rapid” transit is set to make a new one.
The current draft, set to update the plan of old, ultimately aims to double BART’s bicycle ridership from 4% (or about 14,000 passengers) to 8% by 2022. The way BART wants to reach this goal is through a highly ambitious plan, as detailed on their website.
The plan includes such bullet points as “Cyclist Circulation,” “Beyond BART,” and one I find particularly intriguing, “Plentiful Parking” which promises to “create world-class bicycle parking facilities.” Apparently BART’s got some serious swag attached to this plan.
Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, praised the report to the Ex, saying “we applaud the elevation of bicycle access as a central and essential part of BART’s success.”
Says BART’s Bike Program Manager Steve Beroldo, “We installed 65 bike rack spaces inside-the-station at 19th St/Oakland Station and within months they were full. We added 30 more spaces there plus 30 new inside-the-station spaces at 12th St/Oakland City Center just to keep up with demand.”