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Poll: Are BART's "Bike Fridays" a Good Idea?

The pilot program starting in August will allow bikes on board at any time on Friday, even during rush hours. Will it affect your commute? Take the poll and share your thoughts.

BART has agreed with bicycling advocates to conduct a pilot program allowing bikes on trains at any time, including rush hours, on Fridays in August, BART announced.

The "Bike Fridays" are intended to test whether BART should liberalize its rules for bikes on board or continue with the current limitations during peak periods on several lines, BART said this past week.

“The bicycling community, particularly the East Bay and San Francisco Bicycle Coalitions, have been instrumental in helping us design this pilot project,” BART Board Vice President Tom Radulovich said in a statement. “Issues surrounding lifting the restrictions have been long-debated inside BART. I’m happy to see that we’re now about to put the idea to the test.”

Some restrictions will remain in place on Fridays in August, including bans on taking bikes onto the first car or onto crowded trains, BART said.

BART estimates that about 4 percent of BART riders travel by bicycle to BART stations, and that about 60 percent of those customers take their bikes on board. More information about the current bicycle policy can be found on BART's bike Web page.          

Do you think "Bike Fridays" are a good idea? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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