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Bicycles Oversaturate Metro Rail & Busway

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In Portland, there's a designated vertical hanging space for bicycles easily found by a sticker on the train door's window (more bicycle ideas from Portland here). | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist

With the higher gas prices came the increased usage of bicycles this summer. Whether it was driver vs cyclist or police against cyclist, the battle for street space continues. Most recently, the Daily News reports on bicycles fighting for space on the Orange Line racks and on rail like the Red Line. Sue Doyle's excellent report presents many problems, some with solutions (some of which that are ours), some not:

  • Problem: The Orange Line bike racks (only three per bus) are full, forcing one commuter who has been doing this for a while to now walk or wait a few buses before one comes along with an empty rack. Solutions: For us as regular bicycle Orange Line bicycle users, we feel the pain. If it's late at night and you ask the bus driver nicely, they might let you on the back of the bus with the bike.
  • Problem: Metro's Marc Littman says that their "hope is that people will ride bikes to transit and then take transit. But a number of people want to take their bikes, too." But wait: This statement is not too helpful. Biking commuting might be needed on both sides of the commute. Sometimes you need to bike a couple miles to your first transit stop and then another couple miles to your destination after getting off transit.