BART celebrates Bike to Work Day, offers more bike parking options
Bike to Work Day returns this Thursday, May 14 for the 21st year in a row. This also marks the second year that bikes are allowed on BART trains during Bike to Work Day, and recent survey results confirm that riders are comfortable sharing space with cyclists conscientious of the bike rules. Tomorrow, the BART Board of Directors is expected to authorize the construction of even more bike storage capacity improvements, and will continue working to grow bike parking capacity across the system.
Bike to Work Day is the largest event in California encouraging bike commuting. Luckily, parking bikes at a BART station is still safer and easier than ever, and options continue to grow. BART now has over 1,200 BikeLink lockers, which provide a secure space to leave bikes—whether it’s overnight, or for just a few hours. Additionally, BART provides Bike Stations at five locations, three of which (19th Street Oakland, Downtown Berkeley, Fruitvale) offer free valet storage.
Tomorrow’s Board of Directors Meeting at 9:00 am will cover the construction of additional bicycle storage at 12 Street Oakland station, and 16 new BikeLink lockers at Hayward. Additionally, BART will extend its lease with the Downtown Berkeley bike station for another year.
Over the summer, BART will install another 300 BikeLink lockers at 10 stations across the system, and is expecting to open a new Bike Station at Civic Center in July. A future Concord bike station is also in the design phase.
Bike to Work Day is a good day to remember that having your bike stolen is the worst, especially since theft is largely preventable. Use two U-locks; cable locks just don’t get the job done any more. For more tips on bike theft prevention, bike commuting and more, see www.bart.gov/bikes