Metro Wants To Make Trips Easier For Bike Riders

Metro officials say between 10,000 and 15,000 people every month bring their bikes aboard when they use the bus.  Every bus has a rack on front that can hold two bikes.

Initial results of a survey by Metro and the Houston-Galveston Area Council show many more riders would like to bring their bike on a bus or train, but they don't know how transit fits into their travel choices.

Metro board member Christof Spieler says the goal of the study is to find ways to hook up bike trails with transit centers.  

"And what those bike trails end up being, is they end up being ways to extend our light rail system.  If you live in the Heights you might not have a light rail station, but you'll have a bike trail that will lead you directly to a light rail station."  

The survey shows Metro has the most bike boardings on routes with frequent service. 

Transit consultant Jeff Carlton says that's because if a bike rack is full, a rider won't have to wait very long to get another bus.

"In terms of being competitive, the bike is much faster than walking. And some of these routes, if you don't get a quick trip, riding your bike may actually be faster."

Transit riders can take the bike and ride survey online and starting this week surveys will  be available on buses. 

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