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Caltrain launches Bikes Board First program

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.

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Caltrain launches Bikes Board First program

Uploaded: Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 11:09 am

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

Comments

Samrt
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 12, 2019 at 11:26 am
Samrt, Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 12, 2019 at 11:26 am
5 people like this

Good idea. Simple common sense.


resident
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 12, 2019 at 7:26 pm
resident, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 12, 2019 at 7:26 pm
5 people like this

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.


MP Resident
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 13, 2019 at 7:10 am
MP Resident, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 13, 2019 at 7:10 am
3 people like this

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...


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

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.


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

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.


resident
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm
resident, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm
5 people like this

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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