Published Saturday, December 8, 2007, by the Redwood City Daily News
Letters to the Editor
Caltrain and bicyclists
The article Tuesday, "Run off the rails," is way off the mark. The
implication is that the present displacement of seats by onboard bike
racks is limiting Caltrain carrying capacity. I've ridden the train
regularly with my bike for 5 years and have never observed a single
passenger without a bike denied boarding. On the other hand, I am
bumped several times per week with my bicycle. Even prior to Giants
games, when the trains are the fullest, there is still standing room
that would be considered the daily norm in major transit systems.
Jonah Weinberg claims the situation to be "tricky," adding "we're
leaving out 100 seats on a train for something like 16 or 32 bikes if
it's full." That's simply incorrect, substantially overstating the
number of seats taken up by bike racks. And seats on the train are
not the only limited resource: parking near the stations is another,
and cyclists do not occupy precious parking slots.
By scaling back onboard bike capacity from 32 per car to 16 with the
transition to the Bombardier cars, Caltrain is hurting itself in
addition to its loyal passengers. That it fails to admit this shows
how terribly disconnected the members of the board are. I wonder how
many even take the train on a daily basis.
[BATN: See also:
As ridership grows, Caltrain turns ever more bicyclists away