Common Transit Concerns

Bicyclists are a great potential market for transit services. People will generally bicycle three to four times as far as they will walk, and this could extend the catchment area of a bus stop or train station from a half mile to two miles. However, there are often problems in accessing transit by bicycle:

  • The roads leading to the station may have no bike lanes or safe bike facility.
  • There may be no place to safely park a bicycle before riding transit.
  • The parking may be in a poor location (no cover, out of sight of transit staff or public eye) or may not meet demand.
  • The user may need a bicycle at the end of their trip but have no way to take the bike on the bus or train.

Successful integration of bicycling and transit cannot be taken for granted: it requires careful planning, good design, and a commitment to making the combination work.