More and more travelers and commuters are utilizing bicycles as one mode amongst several to reach their destination. Researchers studied how – and how well – public transit providers accommodated patrons with bicycles. The answer: Needs Improvement. Mobility Managers might be interested in what specific types of improvements to infrastructure and service levels are needed to welcome more cyclists. This White Paper is *FREE* for all registered H2 “amigos”.
This paper by John Pucher, Rutgers University and Ralph Buehler, Virginia Tech provides an overview of bike-transit integration in large American and Canadian cities. It begins with an analysis of national trends in bike-and-ride programs such as the provision of bike racks on buses, accommodation of bikes on rail vehicles, and bike parking at rail stations and bus stops. Most of the paper, however, is devoted to case studies of bike-transit integration in six large American cities (San Francisco, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington, and New York) and two Canadian cities (Vancouver and Toronto). Much progress has been made over the past decade in coordinating cycling with public transport, but the demand for bike-and-ride far exceeds the supply of facilities in some cities. More funding, in particular, is needed to provide more secure, sheltered bike parking at rail stations and to increase bike-carrying capacity on rail vehicles.