Bike Station Coming to Civic Center BART/Muni Station Next Summer

A BART bike station at Embarcadero. Photo via ##http://oaklandlocal.com/blogs/2011/01/ashby-bike-station-opening-soon##Oakland Local##

BART and Muni Metro riders who bike to Civic Center Station would have less reason to worry about getting their wheels stolen if a planned bike station is installed next June, potentially adding a sectioned-off parking area and a fix-it-yourself repair station.

The bike station, which is currently being designed, would add 150 to 175 bike parking spaces outside of the paid areas, allowing it to be used by both Muni and BART passengers. The number of regular bike racks inside the paid BART area would also be expanded.

“The existing facilities are at capacity, and projections for demand just keep going up and up,” said Maria Lombardo of the SF County Transportation Authority in a recent presentation to the agency’s board of directors.

Currently, Civic Center Station has 63 bike racks, which can be reached by anyone inside BART’s paid fare gate area. Muni Metro riders, who aren’t allowed to bring bikes aboard trains, have no bike parking available in the station.

Bike stations, which are typically accessible only by electronic card or key and are sometimes staffed, already exist at Embarcadero Station as well as Downtown Berkeley, Ashby, and Fruitvale BART Stations in the East Bay. BART also plans to open a bike station at 19th Street in Oakland by the next Bike to Work Day in May.

Existing bike racks at Civic Center are located inside BART's paid fare gates, but still leave bikes susceptible enough to theft to deter many would-be bike commuters. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/bsii/6999513409/##bsii/Flickr##

Expanding secure bike parking is a key piece of BART’s recently-adopted Bicycle Plan [PDF], which sets out to double bike-to-BART ridership in the next ten years. BART surveys [PDF] show that the existing bike stations are one of the system’s largest draws for bike commuters. Surveys at Downtown Berkeley and Fruitvale stations revealed that 17 percent of bike station users would bike to BART less often without the security offered by a bike station, while another 19 percent said they wouldn’t bike to BART at all. Twenty-one percent said they would instead bring their bikes on BART trains, which are already regularly at capacity.

The Civic Center bike station is expected to cost $830,000 and to be funded with BART Prop 1B Lifeline funds, Prop K sales tax funds, and the Prop AA vehicle registration fee.

  • Nikitamit

    175 feels like a lot, but then you compare it too Amsterdam which is installing over 10,000+ spots, it feels miserly!

  • Holy Cow, there’s a bike station at the Embarcadero station?!?

  • I’m guessing this will be underground and you’ll have to haul your bike up and down stairs (or use very nasty elevators) in order to make use of it?  (I recently carried my bike up and down BART stairs and did not find it all that easy to do.) Would be very nice if (like in the Netherlands and Denmark) there were accommodations to roll bike up and down stairs, or better yet a safe way to take bike on the escalator.  Or put secure bike parking accessible above ground like in Japan, Denmark and the Netherlands.

    Would also think bike parking at the West Portal Muni station would be extremely useful since all the lines tend to be so *slow* and infrequent once they leave the tunnel. Folks who might not be up for riding all the way downtown everyday could bike 5 – 10 minutes (electric bike if they live on a hill) to West Portal, park with confidence that their bike wouldn’t be stripped or stolen, and then take any one of the KLM trains for a fast 15 minute ride downtown. Coming back they could take any KLM and not have to wait ages for their particular line to show up. Depending on where they lived, this would save them 10 – 20 minutes of trip time each way.

  • Anonymous

    If a  person is riding a bicycle, then presumably he or she is physically fit enough to haul it up or down the BART stairs.  However, if that person’s upper body strength is not up to the task, then it seems like a lightweight or folding bike would be the answer. 

  • mikesonn

    @pchazzz:disqus Stop.

  • Actually this belief that bicycling requires uber-fitness is a misunderstanding about bicycling that non-bicyclists often have. Bicycling is very easy and requires no more fitness than walking does. A reasonably healthy 70 year old woman can do it with ease!  Hauling a 25 – 30 pound awkward bicycle up a hundred stairs is not easy at all! (And I live up many stairs. I probably climb three or four hundred stairs each and every day.) Even folding bicycles weigh generally over 20 lbs and are awkward to carry up dozens of stairs.

    Any bicycle infrastructure that requires a great deal of upper body strength is fundamentally poorly-designed and will at best serve only a very small segment of the population.

  • Anonymous

    @mikesonn:disqus  Just sayin’…

  • mikesonn

    You are trolling, not “just sayin'”. Though I do give Karen kudos for the thoughtful response, I hope you read it.

  • John R.

    Doubling Bike to BART ridership in…. 10 YEARS? What are they waiting for? 

    Secure bike parking is critical and I agree with Ms. Allen that more above ground bike parking is needed. As much as I love it, all facilities need not be as sumptuous as the Downtown Berkeley Bike Link station. It is also not the case that if someone is fit enough to ride a bike, they are fit enough to carry a bike up and down the stairs. What if they are carrying a child, or groceries on their bike? How about kids on bikes? The idea of who is getting around SF by bicycle needs to change to include seniors, parents with kids, shoppers, men and women in business clothes, etc.  You can’t limit bicycle infrastructure to the young, fit, and un-encumbered. Think “8 to 80”.

  • Anonymous

    There was nothing about my initial observation (which Karen thoughtfully responded to) that was impertinent, rude, aggressive, or hostile, unlike your ordering me to stop, @mikesonn:disqus

  • mikesonn

    You forced her to come back and refute a moot point that you somehow feel “concerned” about. As if asking for better access is beholden on the user to just push through or adjust to the built environment. Not only that, you continue to push this false premise that you have to be in amazing physical condition in order to ride a bike when that couldn’t be further from the truth (though it will help you get in better health).

  • Elizabeth

    They could also make an effort to make the elevators less nasty and odor free. That would also benefit mothers and others with strollers, people in wheelchairs, and anyone unable to use the escalators or stairs. Rockridge elevator is fine. 16th Mission elevator from tracks to concourse is fine, but you have to carry your bikes up stairs to the street. There is a track to roll up or down but it does not work all that well. I balance my bike on my hips. Embarcadero elevator smells terrible and there are a lot of stairs, some of which are narrow with tight turns. I have not tried the civic center elevator.

  • It was run by Alameda Bicycle but didn’t do very well, so in 2009 it was converted into electronic lockers. This weekend, Caltrain in its infinite wisdom has booted Warm Planet out of its space in favor of Alameda Bicycle.

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