For me, riding a bike is a daily exercise. It has been for the nearly five years I’ve lived in Tigard and worked in different places around the Metro area. In many cases when I leave my house on a bike, I eventually end up on one of TriMet’s busses or trains.
Some bicycles only occupy
as much space as a briefcase.
Combining bicycling with public transportation is one of the things that has allowed me to drive less, be more active, and spend more money locally. Even when I’m traveling places with safe routes for bicycles I’ll sometimes choose to hop on a bus or train if I need to cover a longer distance in less time. Also, bus routes and train stations can be very far apart in areas outside of downtown Portland and, for many people including myself, riding a bicycle is the only timely way of accessing TriMet.
Banning bicycles from any form of public transit would adversely impact tax-paying citizens and reduce the number of people who choose to ride a bike and TriMet. Banning any kind personal mobility device, including bicycles, won’t solve the problem of people being rude and inconsiderate on the MAX. Limiting or banning bicycles on the MAX will only hurt rule-abiding citizens, which is the opposite of what we should be doing.
TriMet understands current demand sometimes exceeds the supply of space for bicycles on busses, WES, and MAX. That’s why TriMet is working to provide alternatives by building Bike and Ride facilities, installing additional bike parking, and encouraging people to use folding bicycles to save space.
If we want to have a complete, functional public transit system we’re going to need to figure out ways to make it viable for everyone, no matter how they choose to get to and from the bus stop or train station. I, for one, am excited that more people are riding TriMet, with and without a bike, and I’m looking forward to constructive conversations about how we can ensure everyone gets where they’re going without impeding other people’s travel.
Bicycle Transportation Alliance