Latest survey shows growing support for more BART bike access 

Fewer passengers oppose the presence of bikes on BART, according to feedback collected by the transit agency.

The survey followed BART’s latest experiment with allowing bicycles aboard trains during commute hours.

Normally, bikes are barred from certain trains during peak travel times due to issues with overcrowding. For a one-week span in March, however, restrictions were eased to allow cyclists on board during all times of service, except in the first train car.

A subsequent customer survey revealed that only 23 percent of passengers favor the current restrictions on bikes. That’s a drop from the 37 percent who supported the policy in August following BART’s first pilot project with easing the bike ban. And of the more than 3,600 respondents surveyed in March, 84 percent said the presence of bikes had no impact on their decision to take BART.

With the latest poll results in tow, the agency will likely make a policy recommendation on bike restrictions at its May 23 meeting, which also will be the first evening hearing held by BART. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at BART’s headquarters in Oakland, at 344 20th St.

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