Full bike car

The bike car on Caltrain #225 is packed full of bikes and cyclists during the morning commute. This is just south of the Palo Alto station.

 

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  • megan ann 9y

    thats awesome
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 9y

    This is how the bike car looks on just about all commute-time trains here.

    Problem is I couldn't get on the train twice this year because the bike car was full. I've also missed the bus a good half-dozen times because the bike racks were full.

    For trips within the Valley missing the bus is okay -- it's almost always faster to bike than to ride the bus and I just do the bus when I'm feeling lazy. My train trips are also bikable distances (20 miles) though the train makes the trip much quicker.

    I'm a big promoter of bicycling, but surge in cycling does have consequences. A solution is to add a bike car, but all of them are in use and Caltrain doesn't have the $$$ to buy more.
  • Guac Air 9y

    Didn't bicycle capacity get reduced quite a bit when they went to the new trains?
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 9y

    The Bombardier cars have half the capacity, but Caltrain sometimes runs two bike cars on Bombardier/Baby Bullet consists. The car in this photo is the old style 32-bike capacity car.

    Adding bike capacity means removing seat capacity, and the Baby Bullets are often completely full during commute time. I'm talking normal seating, not just the bike cars.
  • david pham 9y

    very nice picture, richard... i blogged this for "spare the air" at blogs.newamericamedia.org/photo-of-the-day/. new america media is a non-profit alternative news organization. please check it out to see if you would like to change or add anything. thanks.
  • elkue 7y

    richard - streetsblog used this today also.


    nice!

    www.streetsblog.org/
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 7y

    Thx for the note!
  • freddy 6y

    Hi Richard - would you mind if I used this in a report about bikes on trains? If yes, I assume "Richard Masoner" is the correct attribution? Let me know.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 6y

    Hi Freddy, thanks for asking. Richard Masoner is indeed the correct attribution. Almost all of my photos -- including this one -- have a Creative Commons "Attribution - Share Alike" license. If that license doesn't work for you let me know.
  • freddy 6y

    Thank you so much, Richard! I have lots of bike photos myself - feel free to have me return the favor anytime.
  • Chris Hill 5y

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