Friday, July 7, 2017

SMART Train: Blogger describes bike-transport concerns

After a recent preview ride aboard Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit: passenger Anet Dunne raises concerns about the usability of onboard bicycle storage.

Dunne describes a male passenger having difficulty loading his bicycle and that of his son. The compartment had hooks for two bikes but accommodated only one; the boy’s bicycle had to be secured in a separate compartment.

The instruction sign was hung in a hard-to-see place and communicated “images-only,” with pictures that a security guard had to interpret for the male passenger. Finally, a lanyard to help secure the bicycle was in a difficult-to-reach location.

I’m hoping to take my own preview ride, and thereby observe for myself — but this write-up by Dunne identifies areas where I’ll want to make careful observation.

Before returning to California, my family and I traveled everywhere via bicycle and transit, and we now seek to recreate those conditions for ourselves.

As part of our efforts to live, work and travel as car-free as possible, we will need to know how efficiently the local trains and buses can accommodate bicycles.

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