Published Wednesday, December 31, 2008, by the Palo Alto Daily News
Letters to the Editor
Increase Caltrain's bike capacity
It's very important to me as an avid cyclist-commuter that Caltrain
plans to increase onboard bike capacity. The ability to ride my bike
to and from the train means a lot to me, and shows a commitment by
Caltrain to care about us as healthy humans, and shows care for the
I take my bike on board Caltrain for two reasons: One, I love to ride
my bike (over driving, walking, skateboarding, rollerblading, to
work); and two, I don't have much choice. I need to take my bike on
board because I need it to also ride to work. Having bike parking at
stations means absolutely nothing to me, personally. I need to have my
bike with me throughout the day, to run errands, ride to lunch, etc.
Leaving it locked up far away really does me no good. And it's just a
faster, healthier way to get around. I'm sure we can all appreciate
It really seems logical and practical to increase bike capacity to 80
bikes per train. The impact of trade-off seems completely worth it to
all riders. Furthermore, as ridership increases due to more and more
cyclists consistently getting on board, Caltrain will see increased
revenue, alongside a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution.
Hopefully we all can come to a solution that we are all happy with
... for Caltrain, for all the ridership, and for the planet.