Bikes on BART

 

BART Board Approves Permanent Rule Change Allowing Bikes On Trains At All Times

At the October 24, 2013 meeting, the BART Board approved a permanent modification to the bike rules which will allow bikes on all trains and in all stations  at all times with some restrictions.  The permanent change is effective December 1, 2013.  Read the full story here.

 

Bikes on BART

More BART riders are biking to and from stations every day.  It’s a healthy alternative and like walking it’s easy on the environment.  Almost all BART stations have bike racks, over half of BART stations have bike lockers and four stations now have Bike Stations.  Details are included below and on each station page on bart.gov.

If you are taking your bike on BART, it's your responsibility to know and follow the bike rules.  Bikes are never allowed on crowded cars. Folded bikes are allowed in all cars at all times. Use your good judgment and only board cars that can comfortably accommodate you and your bicycle.  Bicyclists must yield priority seating to seniors and persons with disabilities.

If you are leaving your bike at a BART station make sure it is locked well.  Whether you’re taking your bike on board or parking it at a station, make sure you record your bike’s serial number along with a description of the bike.  This will greatly increase your chance of recovery if it is stolen.

Image of proper bike locking technique.

 

Bike Lockers

Two types of lockers are available to store bicycles, mopeds or wheelchairs: keyed lockers and electronic lockers.

Keyed lockers are for single-use and require a rental agreement. Note that some stations have wait lists. Please contact (510) 464-7133 for locker availability. Download the application/rental agreement (.pdf).

Electronic lockers are for shared use and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  To use an electronic locker at any BART statiion you'll need a BikeLink Card.  Additional information on how to use the lockers can be found at bikelink.org.  Electronic lockers are located at the following stations:

  • 12th Street Oakland 8
  • 19th Street Oakland 8
  • Ashby 16
  • Balboa Park 12
  • Bay Fair 12
  • Castro Valley 20
  • Coliseum 16
  • Colma 8
  • Concord 56
  • Daly City 24
  • Dublin/Pleasanton 28
  • El Cerrito Del Norte 44
  • El Cerrito Plaza 96
  • Fremont 60
  • Fruitvale 20
  • Glen Park 12
  • Hayward 16
  • Lafayette 12
  • Lake Merritt 80
  • MacArthur 40
  • Millbrae 16
  • North Berkeley 80
  • North Concord 16
  • Orinda 16
  • Pittsburg/Bay Point 12
  • Pleasant Hill 104
  • Richmond 24
  • Rockridge 40
  • San Bruno 12
  • San Leandro 20
  • South San Francisco 8
  • South Hayward 16
  • Walnut Creek 72
  • West Dublin 16
  • West Oakland 58
  • Union City 36
     

The electronic bicycle lockers provide on-demand bike parking. Purchase a smart card online or at a convenient vendor location. Ride up to an available locker and insert your smart card into the card slot. Follow on-screen directions to put time on the meter. The cost, at 3-cents an hour, is automatically deducted from your smart card. Park your bike inside, close the door, and your bike remains secure. When you return to retrieve your bike, just insert your smart card into the slot to open the door. Unused time and value are automatically refunded back to the card. Learn more about <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMBkkSGHNWs&feature=" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMBkkSGHNWs&feature=" plcp"="" target="_blank">how to use electronic bicycle lockers or review a list of frequently asked questions on the BikeLink website.

Bike Stations

Ashby BART Station
Located just outside the main entrance to the station on the lower (West) side of the station. This is a self-serve facility and requires a BikeLink Card for access.

Downtown Berkeley BART Station
Located at 2208 Shattuck Avenue, just steps from the BART entrance at Allston Way and Shattuck Avenue. Attendants will store your bike in a secure area while you work, play or shop on BART. Learn more ...

Embarcadero BART Station
Located on the concourse level of the Embarcadero BART Station in downtown San Francisco directly below Market Street near the Davis Street entrance. Learn more ...

Fruitvale BART Station
Located in Fruitvale Village, adjacent to the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland. It's the second largest bike station in the nation and features free, secure bike storage and a full-service bike repair shop. Learn more ...

2012 BART Bicycle Plan

 The BART Bicycle Plan and Appendices outline specific strategeis to implement over the next ten years to make it easier to use a bicycle to get to and from BART.  The plan's goal is to double the percentage of passengers who access BART by bicycle from approximately 4% to 8% by 2022. The strategies within the plan are organized into five areas: cyclist circulation, plentiful parking, beyond BART boundaries, bikes on BART and persuasive programs.

 Bike Parking Capital Plan

The BART Bike Parking Capital Plan details expansion plans for secure bike parking at BART stations.  The program contains plans for 2,000 additional secure parking spaces at 18 stations.  The projects are in various stages of development from funded and under construction to purely conceptual.

Questions about the plans can be directed to Steve Beroldo, sberold@bart.gov.

Caltrans Peak Period Bike Shuttle

During peak periods as an alternative to bringing your bike on BART, Caltrans operates a bike shuttle between MacArthur BART and downtown San Francisco (corner of Folsom and Main Street).  For the schedule and additional information visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/shuttle.htm

 

Scooters and Mopeds

The District does not permit scooters or mopeds on BART trains.  The California Vehicle Code (under section 21113) prohibits the circulation of all vehicles on rapid transit district grounds, except where the District has given permission.   Electric scooters and mopeds are classified as vehicles, not bicycles.  Under Vehicle Code section 670, a "vehicle" is "any device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn on a highway, excepting a device moved by human power."

Individuals bringing a scooter or moped on a BART train may be cited for an infraction, as violating section 21113 of the Vehicle Code.

Photo credit: Photos of bikes on this page by Thomas Hawk.