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Repeal the ban on bikes/ bicycles on the Metro during rush hour

    1. Kwon Yang
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      Kwon Yang

      College Park, MD

It discourages people to use bicycles as a form of transportation and contribute to urban congestion. Also it inconveniences many commuters who do commute on their bikes. Not all workplaces are within walking distance of Metro stops. Finally, the citation that bicycles are a safety hazard during rush hour is flawed. If bikes were a safety hazard, why do we allow them on the Metro in the first place? I have seen people get on the Metro with bikes during rush hour because of the inconsistent application of this rule. People are smart enough to avoid tripping on a bike.

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    • Dana McIntosh WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a bicycle commuter, I ride daily from Greenbelt to Columbia Heights. I am often standing at the gate at Greenbelt, watching empty trains pull out of the station, and waiting for the clock to turn from 9:55 to 10am.

      I am quite lucky that my employer has made special concessions for my commute, and allowed me a later schedule to accommodate the illogical METRO rules, otherwise my 30-45m commute in the morning would be nearly 2 hours. I would *love* to be able to shift my schedule an hour or two earlier, without losing an additional hour or two!

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    • Filiz Roser OAK HILL, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      During rush hour perhaps the first or last car of every train could accommodate those of us with bikes? Or what about some kind of enclosed racking system in a special train car?

      Reverse commuters not being able to take the bike on an empty train during rush hour seems like an arbitrary waste of space and efficiency.

      Second the comments about luggage, it can be very bulky and quite an obstacle.

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    • S Binde ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Some restrictions are sensible, but not an all-out rush hour ban on bikes.

      I'm a carless, avid cyclist, and have had some experience taking my bike on Metro at non-rush hour to get where I need to go. A couple times the car became packed.... Capitol's game, etc; and I must say that it was very unpleasant. While I stood in the open standing area next to my bike holding it, I had to struggle from getting pushed over from the force on my bike, not from a single person but the force of the crowd.

      I'm not sure what the answer is, but can attest to the fact that a crowded train is not a good place to be with a bike. Even so, a blanket ban during rush hour does not make sense.

      Please reconsider the all-out ban on bikes.

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    • Peter Chines SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      The ban on bikes discourages multi-modal transportation. It would be more sensible to restrict the number of bikes that can be on a particular train and their location, for example as Jeff Lemiuex suggested, allowing bikes on the front car during rush hour at the operator's discretion. If the car were too crowded to safely accommodate a bike, it would be reasonable for the biker to wait for the next train.

      Please reconsider the ban on bikes during rush hour.

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    • Marc Lasky WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      It's about time. I've riden Metro w/my bike on numerous occasions w/o any problems. I just stay out of the way of others in the standing area at either end of the car. Other Metro riders have been courteous, respectful and helpful. To my knowledge, no one has ever been injured, inconvenienced or even soiled by a bike on a Metro

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