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Caltrain launches Bikes Board First program

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Caltrain riders with bikes are now allowed to board first onto designated bike cars.

The Bikes Board First program, which started Monday, March 11, is aimed at reducing delays and make boarding faster and smoother for all riders, according to a press release from the commuter rail service.

A pilot program last year showed that trains shaved more than a minute off boarding times at Caltrain stations.

Riders with bicycles will be able to board first onto bike cars after passengers have exited. Caltrain ambassadors will be on hand at various stations in the coming weeks during peak commute hours to help implement the new boarding protocol.

The program was developed with input from the Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) and bicycle advocacy groups.

— Bay City News Service

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5 people like this
Posted by Samrt
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 12, 2019 at 11:26 am

Good idea. Simple common sense.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 12, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Agree that this is common sense and the trial program proved that it works. This program only applies to the few train cars with bike racks so non-bike-riders have plenty of other train cars to choose from.

3 people like this
Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 13, 2019 at 7:10 am

Caltrain did an experiment, gathered data, and made a decision based on that data. If only more of our local government decision making could follow this pattern...

2 people like this
Posted by works for me
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 13, 2019 at 8:36 am

Many bikers think they're first anyway, so what's new? (check out any 4 way stop intersection)

That said, if it's more efficient, let's make it work.

17 people like this
Posted by Cars and 4 way stops
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 13, 2019 at 1:40 pm

I had to laugh about someone trying to say some bike riders are such "Me first" users, as if car drivers were not.
That's hilarious, as if the type of vehicle determines how someone operates it. Ever been cut off from trying to change lanes on 101 when you tun on your blinker? Only EVERY SINGLE TIME!

News flash: It's not the vehicle, it's the operater, and yes, there are many jerk road users out there. All of them jerky in their own ways depending on the situation.

Glad the bike riders get to go first on Cal train. Of course it'll work better for all.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm

As a pedestrian, I have been almost hit 3 times by cars running stop signs when I was crossing in crosswalks. One of them had the nerve of yelling at me for crossing at a darker intersection (even though I was wearing a bright white shirt). You would think that a smart driver would not run a stop sign especially when the intersection was not well lit. Bicycles are never a problem.

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