Sunday, August 2, 2015

Tri-Rail adds its first bike car and a SkyBike spotted in Lake Worth

Click title for link to a Sun-Sentinel article about the addition of a 14 bike train car to the Tri-Rail fleet. While there is just one car now, more are expected and eventually will expand to when every fourth car in a train will be a designated bike car. There will be passenger seating in the cars as well. This is very exciting as it greatly improves bike accessibility. Combining biking and Tri-Rail trips is already popular. 

Check out this part of the article:
     Until now, passengers bringing bikes on board have had access to only two bicycle straps per car. But at times there have been as many as 41 bikes on a single train, making it difficult for passengers to manuever at rush hour.
     "Bike racks have become a necessary amenity," said Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold.
     Some passengers use the bikes at either the start or final leg of their commute, while others are leisure riders using the combination of the train and bike to explore South Florida. Bikes are especially popular with students who ride Tri-Rail to Boca Raton, then bike a short distance across Interstate 95 to Florida Atlantic University.
And in other bike-related news, I saw a West Palm Beach SkyBike at the Lake Worth Beach yesterday. So, those bikes are getting around and it is not even tourist season. Something to think about.