Today’s Headlines

  • Chicago Beats SF for Most Bike Friendly City (Curbed)
  • Bike Thieves Foiling U-Locks (EastBayTimes)
  • Castro Rainbow Crosswalks Fixed (Hoodline)
  • Squabbling Delays Homeless Housing (SFChron)
  • Condos Replacing Mid-Market Porn Palace (BizTimes)
  • Historic Lamp Posts Threaten Delay to Van Ness BRT (Hoodline, SFist)
  • Cars Still Popular Despite Transit Improvements (CBSLocal)
  • Forum Discussion on Prop. 53 and Threat to Infrastructure (KQED)
  • Motorists Stops on Caltrain Tracks in Palo Alto with Predictable Results (MercNews)
  • Seemingly Blind Motorists Blow Through Crosswalks (Kron4)
  • Commentary: ‘Do Nothing’ Advocates Exacerbate Marin Housing Woes (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Perspective on Rose Pak Legacy (Examiner)

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  • Jeffrey Baker

    I imagine that the rate of bikes stolen from the staffed bike stations at Berkeley and Oakland is zero. This is clearly the way to solve the bike theft problem at BART stations.

  • RobertN

    Thank you for the sarcastic / ironic headlines.

  • RobertN

    Is there capacity there? In Palo Alto I was told that there is no space in the bike station, and no waiting list, so the only way in is to know someone who is dropping out.
    Bikes get burgularized for any accessory (even water bottle cages!), wheels, or seats all the time at the PA CalTrain,
    I think the solution is more E-Bike Lockers everywhere. What do you think?

  • RobertN
  • Jeffrey Baker

    The BART bike stations are not membership organizations. It is simply first come, first served, every day, at no charge. Sometimes the Oakland station fills up, but I’ve not personally seen that at Berkeley.

  • Prinzrob

    The 19th Street, Fruitvale, and Downtown Berkeley bike stations indeed all provide free valet bike parking. The other locations are BikeLink-accessed rooms that cost 3-5¢ per hour (same card that accesses the bike lockers). New bike rooms and lockers are being added and planned at additional BART stations, to roll out within the next year or two. All of the bike station details are online at http://bikehub.com/bartbikestation/.

  • Prinzrob

    The East Bay Times article I’m quoted in is good, but overstates the risk of theft associated with U-locked bikes at BART stations. The vast majority of thefts are still cable-locked bikes, and many of the U-locked bike thefts occur when a bike is left overnight for one or more days. If an individual uses one or more U-locks (securing both wheels and the frame) during the day, and a locker or room if leaving a bike overnight, then the risk of a theft from BART is still low.

    With more security updates being implemented from BART’s bike parking capital improvement plan (link below) that risk will probably continue to go down, especially if we can pass Measure RR which will allow for more investment in secure bike parking.

    https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/BART%20bike%20pkg%20update_2015-04-20_0.pdf

  • Prinzrob

    Re that KRON4 story, it’s great that the police are spending some time enforcing crosswalk laws, but honestly what does the city expect when they design streets like that. If drivers consistently fail to yield the right of way then obviously it’s an infrastructure problem, not a people problem.

  • xplosneer

    I agree. They’re never going to be able to “enforce” that problem away.

  • Drew Levitt

    I had a bike stolen from North Berkeley BART this summer – during the day, and secured with a u-lock around frame, front wheel, and rack and ANOTHER u-lock around frame and rear wheel. The front u-lock was clipped in broad daylight. I would no longer willingly lock up any bike worth more than the lock at BART; instead, I now use BikeLink lockers, which work great.

    Incidentally, I think the reason thefts are high at North Berkeley BART is that Berkeley’s NIMBYism has resulted in a low-density station area (a total waste of heavy rail infrastructure) that is a ghost town during midday.

  • gary

    “Bike Thieves Foiling U-Locks” So how are they cutting the U Locks? I bet with a cordless angle grinder.

  • Drew Levitt

    My Kryptonite Series 2 was defeated with a bolt cutter. I thought it was a pretty good lock – but think again! Another common attack is a hydraulic jack, which pushes the two sides of the shackle apart. The best defense against that method is to make sure there’s as little extra room inside the U of the lock as possible.

  • Prinzrob

    Yeah, North Berkeley is still one of the hotspots, and your experience there is not unique unfortunately, but also not common from a systemwide perspective. More BikeLink lockers were added there over the past few years and reported thefts dropped a lot after that, so hopefully this trend can continue.

    Our Bike East Bay theft prevention tabling will be visiting the N Berkeley station several times over the next few months, and handing out info about the upcoming bike share system, secure locking techniques, and starter cards for the BikeLink locker system to get more people on board (info at http://www.BikeEastBay.org/BARTBikeTheft).

  • joechoj

    To further contribute to our echo chamber:

    And once infrastructure is in place to do the enforcement, if frees up our cities’ finest to pursue other priorities, like violent crime (rather than crimes of negligence by otherwise decent citizens).

  • RobertN

    Thanks. The Palo Alto Caltrain bike storage room is not on that system.

  • joechoj

    Aren’t there plans for a bike station at Macarthur? If so, what’s the timeline? Anywhere else?

  • Prinzrob

    Yes, next up is a bike room at MacArthur BART, which was supposed to be done years ago but was delayed for… reasons? BART bid out the contract for that and a plaza upgrade but all of the responses were over their estimate so they are working with the contractor to cut some items and bring down the cost. Hopefully construction will start soon and the 200-space bike room will be open by early 2017 (in addition to the 40 locker spaces already there).

    After that will be a bike room at Pleasant Hill BART, as they have signed a 5-year lease on a retail location just across from the station. This will be open in the spring as a 24/7 BikeLink card-accessed room, but also with a small staffed bike shop for repairs and accessories sales.

    Also in the works are bike stations at Concord BART, and a larger capacity facility in Downtown Berkeley as part of the Center Street garage rebuild. Lots more bike lockers are also being installed, including over 50 locker spots at the new Warm Springs station that will be open next month.

  • joechoj

    Nice! Are the 200 spots additive, or will they replace some existing spots?

  • Prinzrob

    The MacArthur plans I’ve seen show 38 BikeLink locker spots (versus 40 currently) and 208 spots in the new BikeLink-accessed bike station room. All of the racks are staying or being upgraded from wave to inverted U racks. I’m not sure what’s happening with that single bike locker being removed, but the net increase is so big that I’m not really worrying about it.

  • gary

    Drew, Thanks for the info and tips.

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