This Thursday, May 12, marks the 22nd edition of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area, and Caltrain and SamTrans will be ready to encourage and assist the thousands of cyclists who will be using the train and bus systems as part of their commute to work.
SamTrans buses can carry two bikes on racks at the front of each bus, and two additional bikes are allowed inside the bus, depending on passenger loads. Some things to know: only single-rider, two-wheel bicycles are permitted. No motor, tandem or three-wheel bikes are allowed. There is no age limit for riders using the bike racks or bringing bikes on board the bus. However, riders must be able to load and unload their bikes without help from the operator.
On Caltrain, all Bombardier trains are now equipped with three bike cars, meaning on every trip, at least 72 bicycles can be stored onboard. To meet the growing number of cyclists, Caltrain added a third bike car to its Bombardier train sets last month. Those cars can carry up to 72 bikes, and Caltrain’s Gallery train cars can carry up to 80 bikes.
Cyclists can see how convenient it is now to bring bikes onboard the Bombardier trains by viewing a brief video that is available on Caltrain’s Peninsula Moves website here.
According to Caltrain’s latest onboard ridership survey, each weekday more than 5,500 bicyclists ride the train. While biking and taking public transit can work well together for first and last mile connections, as well as getting people out of their cars and off freeways, onboard capacity may be at its limit on Bike to Work Day. There are other great Bike to Work Day options that will help new cyclists try out biking without the stress of finding space onboard.
- Bay Area Bike Share - Bikes can be rented at kiosks located at the San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose Diridon Caltrain Stations.
- Bike parking – With limited onboard bike space, customers with bikes are encouraged to park them at Caltrain stations, when feasible. Bike racks, lockers and shared-access parking facilities are available at most Caltrain stations for customers who bike to and/or from the station. Caltrain and other local agencies are upgrading and adding bike parking at train stations along the corridor, such as e-lockers.
- Folding bikes – These types of bikes can be stored as luggage and save space onboard because they do not have to be parked inside the bike car.
This year, 16 energizer stations will be located at Caltrain stations for the following times:
- San Francisco station @ Fourth and King streets – 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Millbrae station – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Burlingame station – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- San Mateo station – 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Hillsdale station – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Belmont station – 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- San Carlos station – 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Redwood City station – 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Menlo Park station – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Palo Alto station – 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- California Avenue station – 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- San Antonio station – 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Mountain View station – 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Sunnyvale station – 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Santa Clara station – 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- San Jose Diridon station – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than three years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad will celebrate 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor by 2019, reducing diesel emissions by 90 percent and adding more service to more stations.
About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 76 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.