Seattle’s Link Light Rail – The Start of Something Big from Streetfilms on Vimeo (Skip to 2:28 for the bike stuff).
I’ve actually never taken my bike on the light rail. I guess it has never come up. The bike/bus combo is close to my heart, but I don’t really take the light rail all that often.
Sound Transit sent out an alert yesterday that said:
Travelers LOVE Link light rail. So, as a reminder during the busy travel season, bicyclists and passengers with luggage may use the bicycle storage area next to the doors on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, luggage should not be stored in the ADA seating area, but can be stored under your seat.
When I read this I thought, Oh! Travelers LOVE Link Light Rail. That’s great. But are bikes getting in the way or something? Then you read Sound Transit’s rules, and they say that only four bikes are allowed in a train car at the same time. So if you get on and there were already four there, do you have to get off at the next stop? Is there a fight to the death to see who stays?
I’m sure people just work it out and it’s fine, but it is an odd rule, right? There are other systems that don’t allow bicycles at all, so maybe four bike per car is actually really high. Seattle Likes Bikes has had some issues with the bike/Link experience:
The only location I’ve found that works is against whichever doors are not going to open at the next station. For instance, when traveling south from the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT), by standing against the left side doors you have to contend with traffic only at the center stations.
So I put it all you out there: How would you rate your experiences bringing a bike on the light rail? What works, what doesn’t? If you’ve found a winning strategy, let us know.