BART mulls bicycle fees

BART directors will meet today to consider introducing hourly bike locker charges and hiking annual locker fees.

Published January 10, 2008 by Examiner.com 
By John Upton

SAN FRANCISCO – BART directors will meet today to consider introducing hourly bike locker charges and hiking annual locker fees.

There are currently 44 bike lockers spread across Glen Park, Balboa and Daly City stations in San Francisco and around

1,000 bike lockers throughout the rest of the BART network, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson. He said bike parking is free at Embarcadero station. Cities such as Berkeley and Oakland operate similar lockers near BART stations, according to Johnson.

Cyclists currently pay $30 a year to rent a BART locker, according to Johnson. He said directors today might choose to raise that fee to $60 and introduce hourly fees for lockers with electronic locks. The potential fee increase was described as “steep” by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition project manager Rachel Kraai. Kraai said she supported low-cost hourly fees for bike lockers.

“BART really should be doing as much as possible to provide bicycle access on the train stations and on the trains,” Kraai said. “What we would really like to see is BART come up with a strategic, comprehensive strategy for encouraging bicycle use to BART stations and then also the transport of bicycles on BART cars.”

Additionally, nearly 200 new lockers have been purchased and will be installed later this year at Lake Merritt, Rockridge, MacArthur, North Berkeley, Dublin Pleasanton, Ashby, West Oakland and San Leandro stations, according to Johnson.

jupton@examiner.com