We want to encourage more people to use bicycles to connect to MetroBus and MetroRail. We want to know more about how bicyclists currently connect to transit, and what barriers prevent potential bicyclists from choosing to ‘bike-and-ride’.
Please take the Bicycle ‘First Mile/Last Mile’ Connection survey –available through January 15th!
Capital Metro has been pleased to see an increase of transit ridership that includes more cyclists. We are looking at first/last mile opportunities to help cyclists and other passengers to connect to/from the trains and at bus transfer areas. Information we get from this survey will tell us how we can provide better bike access to our services.
While providing optimum services to all of our passengers, we want accommodate the needs of our passengers that connect by bike. To do that, we are taking steps to address cyclist demand in a variety of ways:
We do allow for folding bikes on the buses. Standard bikes are not allowed on the interior of our buses due to space and liability reasons. We have researched practices of other transit agencies throughout the country and have found this to be true of most other transit agencies aboard standard buses. We are instead working on convenient options that will enhance bike/bus connections.
We will be adding secure/enclosed bike storage at some of our transit stations and park and rides soon. The first one will be at Kramer Station this spring. It will consist of a fully-enclosed parking area for 24 bikes that is accessible by a secured access card to provide a higher level of security and protection for bikes. For some, it will offer a preferred alternative to transporting bikes on the trains and buses. Six more of them will be installed in 2012-13 throughoutAustin. We are also working with the city ofAustin’s implementation of their bike-share program.
Capital Metro continues to improve safety, access, and accessibility to stops and crossings, to add bike parking at key stops, and to implement special projects like the shared use ped/bike trail construction from Highland Mall (Denson Dr.) to Lamar Blvd. to enhance pedestrian and cyclist connections to transit options. These and other efforts will enable more people to ride their bikes to connect to transit opportunities that can best serve their lifestyle.
Commuting by bike and transit is a growing trend in Austin and throughout the country. From 1995 to 2000 public transportation rose by 38% in the US–APTA 2009; from 1990 to 2007 bike trips to work increased by 32% –US Census 2009a/2009b.
Bicycling supports transit use by extending the catchment area of transit stops far beyond walking range and at much lower cost than neighborhood feeder buses and Park and Ride facilities for cars. Public transportation helps cyclists make longer trips by bike. Public transportation offers a convenient alternative when cyclists encounter bad weather, difficult topography, gaps in the bike network, and mechanical failure.
Some of the main measures that promote bike/transit integration in the US include bike parking at rail stations and stops, multi-function bike stations with parking, bike racks on buses, bikes on board vehicles (mostly rail), and bike paths, lanes and on–street routes that lead to public transit stations/stops. — Journal of Public Transportation Vol 12, No. 3 2009