relax bike restrictions on skytrain
Allowing bikes on the skytrain during rush hours will encourage people to use transit & their bikes as a viable means of transport. The trains are crowded but a possible solution would be to make the last car of each train seatless making way more room for bicycles and passengers at the same time.
Outside City jurisdiction. It would be nice to relax these restrictions, but they do serve a purpose — relaxing them is only feasible when and where there is sufficient capacity on transit vehicles. Providing more abundant and more secure bicyle parking at transit hubs will play a bigger part in cycle-transit integration.
Invitation for Translink to comment;
If Translink was to provide about on every third train an appropriately / safely designed fraight oriented car for carts, bikes, perhaps even motors scooters as the skytrain system it may evolve as a new way moving stuff around. In Europa the Eastern U S there are some " car-trains " doing this kind of service. Please do add your imaginative comments!!
Even within the permitted times I find it unpleasant to take my bike on Skytrain. Other passengers are rude and aggressive about your bike 'being in their way', and I've been sworn at more than once, and threatened too (by an someone in a crowd of people trying to push onto the carriage as I tried to get off). I don't use Skytrain if I can avoid it.
Colleen M commented
So often I want to take my bike, but these travel times restrictions limit my destination and I often end up driving part way and biking the rest. Not very green when the SkyTrain would be a better solution. I suggest one car per train for bikes only - like they have in Switzerland and many other Euro cities. They are miles ahead encouraging transit and bike use.