SFMTA Announces Muni Folding Bike Policy
Release date: 5/26/11
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that effective immediately folding bicycles are allowed on all Muni vehicles, except cable cars.
“The SFMTA is committed to doing the work needed to keep the number of bicyclists growing,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO. “Our bike staff has worked hard to expand bicycle facilities citywide and is looking at improving the integration of bicycling and transit both in San Francisco and in coordination with our regional partners.”
“We commend the SFMTA for helping even more people move around our city easily on both bicycles and transit,” said Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, a 12,000-member nonprofit promoting bicycling for everyday transportation. “This will make bicycling an option for even more people more often.
Customers using folding bicycles are asked to fold their bicycles prior to boarding and to keep the bikes with them. Customers must also not place bicycles on seats and not allow them to interfere with other passengers or block wheelchairs.
Non-folding bicycles are accommodated on all Muni buses by front-mounted bike racks. A policy for allowing them on Muni rail vehicles is being devised by the SFMTA’s Sustainable Streets Long-range Planning and Policy team. Details and bus bike rack instructions can be found at www.sfmta.com/bikesonmuni.
As part of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan, the accessibility of bikes on transit is a key goal. To make accessing transit easier for bicyclists, the SFMTA is working with BART to provide a bike station at the shared Civic Center Station. Also, the SFMTA is reviewing bike rack locations to ensure that racks are accessible near underground and surface Muni Metro stations and stops. Since last August, when a four-year Superior Court injunction of San Francisco’s Bike Plan was lifted, the SFMTA has installed more than 350 sidewalk bike racks, which provide 700 bicycle parking spaces, and eight on-street bike corrals to accommodate high bike parking demand in commercial areas. The City now has a total of 14 bike corrals.
As part of the SFMTA’s balanced approach to transportation in San Francisco, the bicycle program, which oversees the Bicycle Plan, ensures education and safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. More information on the San Francisco Bicycle Plan, including specific projects, can be found at www.sfmta.com/bikes.
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