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How a really smart transit agency deals with bike-to-rail

Original post made by peter carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Mar 21, 2011


Metro to lure bike-to-rail commuters

By Ann Scott Tyson, Sunday, March 20, 9:25 PM Washington Post

With packs on their backs, reflective neon straps around their ankles and sometimes even headlamps, they are the proud few who brave traffic, rainstorms and thieves to bicycle to Metrorail stations.


Bike-to-rail commuters represent 0.7 percent of Metrorail riders — compared with about 40 percent who drive, 33 percent who walk and 22 percent who take the bus to stations.

But Metro's long-range planners, desperate to avoid having to build 30,000 to 40,000 expensive parking spaces at stations to meet the projected surge in ridership over the next 20 years, have launched an initiative to quintuple the number of cyclists.

"It's very much strategic for us to put a really big focus on bicycle parking," said Kristin Haldeman, Metro's manager of access planning. Parking spaces cost on average $25,000 each, compared with $1,000 per space for a secured bike cage. "It's an extremely expensive proposition for us" to expand car parking, she said.

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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I might be missing something in the math here. I think the article reported that they plan to spend $11M with the goal of increasing bike riders from .7% of total metro riders to 3.5% of metro riders. Does not seem too make financial sense to me, since they will likely still need to spend the $30-40M on parking spaces for the vast majority of riders.


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