BART on Monday is expected to begin its second experiment with allowing bikes aboard trains during peak commute times.
In August, the agency allowed cyclists to board trains at any time during the five Fridays of the month. Normally, BART bars bikes on certain trains during morning and evening commute hours to reduce crowding.
As a follow-up to that test run, BART will again allow bikes on trains during commute hours, this time for five consecutive work days. From Monday to March 22, restrictions will be waived, although bikes will still be banned from the first three cars of each train.
The transit agency is looking at ways to improve access to its stations, and one possible answer is creating more room for bikes on trains. BART is gathering feedback from passengers on the latest bike pilot project. The rider survey will help shape future bike policy.
Results from the August pilot reflected evenly divided opinions from passengers. Of the 2,200 riders surveyed, 37 percent said they wanted to keep the peak-time restrictions, 37 percent said they wanted the restrictions to end and 25 percent favored reducing the restrictions by an hour.