Caltrain is making more room for bicycles on some of its trains starting today. A third bike car will be added to the system's Bombardier-style trains, increasing bike capacity from 48 bikes to 72. The move will mean fewer cyclists getting left behind at stations due to overcrowding.
"We know that people who ride their bikes and try to bring them on board are often bumped and unable to bring them on the train," says Chris Cassidy with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. "That impacts their life dramatically. They're late getting home, late to pick up their kids, late to make dinner and late to meet their love ones."
The third bike car will be positioned next to the existing bike car on the southern side of the train. This effectively adds a sixth car to the train, and does not reduce overall seating capacity at all.
Caltrain officials say more than 7,000 bikes are brought aboard their trains each day, about triple what they were seeing in 2004.
Cassidy sees Caltrain's addition as a promising step forward for the biking community.