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BART gets more bike friendly with rule change

on December 6, 2023

It’s about to get a little easier for cyclists to use BART, as the transit system will allow bicycles on escalators as well as on more cars, starting Jan. 1. 

It is the first time BART has updated its bike policies in the past 10 years. The transit agency currently doesn’t allow bikes on escalators or in the first three cars during commuting hours.  

The change will make it not only easier but safer for cyclists, who no longer will have to carry bikes up and down staircases, said Rebecca Saltzman, director at BART in Oakland. It also prompted a bigger policy review. 

Bikes will be allowed on all trains except for the first car and any crowded cars. Saltzman said that when it comes to crowded cars, there is no official definition, so cyclists will need to use their discretion, or it will be up to train operators to say something.

The rules also require passengers to fold their bikes to be allowed in any car and to hold or secure their bikes while on board. Bikes will be allowed on elevators, stairs and escalators. 

If the new rules are violated, passengers can face a fine of up to $1,000.

From now until January, BART will update the signage. Saltzman said the new safety plan will be more of an education plan using social media and videos to inform passengers how to take the escalator with their bikes safely. She said staff is working to inform people about what they need to do when taking their bikes on BART.

Feedback about the new rules has been positive. Mingwei Samuel, 25, a volunteer with East Bay Bike Party, said the changes are good. Samuel added that more ramps to the edges of the stairways also would be helpful for bicyclists. 

“It seems like these are just sort of good common-sense updates,” Samuels said. “Bringing things up to date, making bikes with BART a little bit more easy and accessible.”

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