A BART strike is once again in talks within the San Francisco Bay area, and like the last BART protest, different means of transit are encouraged: bicycle sharing in particular as a commute option has been mentioned by some as well, ABC reports this Thursday, Oct. 10. Thousands of riders decided upon alternate methods of transportation, from carpooling to transit network lifts, in the previous BART strike, and those alternatives are now getting ready for even more rotating travelers.
The BART strike went through a serious transportation issue in its last attempt. Many regular BART riders tried carpooling as a means of dealing with the last protest, but a significant number of people found they did not meet their desired location, a location point they would have likely reached had they chosen BART.
This time around, Heath Maddox has proposed an idea for commuters if BART decides to go on its second strike in the coming weeks. The encouraged solution? Bicycle sharing.
While bicycle sharing may not sound like the best choice for long-distance drives, it can help get one to a desired destination within a mile or so radius.
"We're hoping and expecting that people will discover bicycle sharing as a new option for the last mile of those trips coming into SF," said Maddox.
Maddox proposed this theory as he helps run San Francisco’s up-and-coming bike sharing program, displaying it to the public this Thursday at the very first Share-Use Mobility Summit. These programs are all in preparation of a possible BART strike.
"That ranges from car sharing to bike sharing to ride sharing to these new services with pink mustaches," UC Berkeley transportation researcher Susan Shaheen added.
Like this new bike share program, other companies and alternate transportation/tech services now have the chance to explain their commute options to the public in light of the BART strike and with a lack of trains making their way across the San Fran Bay.
"If I were those companies, I would abs be trying to capitalize on this opportunity to really provide a service for the people," BayShare co-founder Jesse Biroscak said.
Some new features are also in store for riders who are taking the Lyft or Sidecar sharing companies, including only taking passengers heading the same way that they are, along with a faster and easier application process.
Do you think these ideas, particularly bicycle sharing, might truly help in the face of another possible BART strike?