Re: Should bike racks be placed on public transit vehicles
- An important principle to remember is that people are naturally inclined to
avoid doing things that are impossible or overly difficult for them. That's
why improving transit service increases ridership. The number of people who
are going to use transit if it runs only once per hour 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday through Friday on four routes is very small. A system that runs every
10 minutes 24/7 throughout an entire metropolitan area is going to be
rewarded with lots of riders.
The same is true with the lesser issue of bike racks. All of Portland's
buses and the MAX light rail are now bike-friendly. You used to need a $5
annual permit to use the bike racks, but this fee was abolished at the
beginning of 2002. With two barriers (inconsistent availability and the
requirement to go downtown and buy a bike permit) removed, usage has gone
up, at least according to my unscientific observations.