37 Replies to “Link Bike Policy Announced”

  1. Oh, and I don’t mean this blog. I mean Sound Transit’s Light Rail Bicycle Policy. They are not writing for the average rider. They should be.

    1. I’m pretty sure those are the official, board adopted policies. They’re written like that so that it’s clear and to the point with no ambiguity. “Promotional” brochures will probably have different wording.

      1. It is indeed put much more simply in the current ST Transit Guide (see page 24).

    2. They provide a simple and straightforward list of rules in rider guides, on platforms and probably in the trains too.

  2. Doesn’t look like much new–other than the 4 bikes per car rule, which is identical to the Sounder.

    It also doesn’t mention that I can’t ride my bike inside the station. Not that it’ll actually be possible to maneuver through many people on a platform…

    1. That is absolutely crazy. But oh well, I guess it makes for good publicity.

      Brian Bradford
      Olympia, WA

    1. It’s unclear from this how many bike areas each MAX vehicle has. Does anyone know?

  3. It would be nice if Sound Transit could partner with someone to provide bike sharing at some stations.

  4. I read it as 4 per car, as each car has 2 hooks and room for two more people standing holding their bicycles. The solid tire rule is unenforceable. How the heck are they going to know whether I’m using tubeless tires or not?

    Anyway it’s a useless rule for most of the time, as riding your bicycle is going to be nearly as fast as riding LINK, if you count the wait for the train.

    1. I think the ‘solid wheel’ rule prohibits things like disc wheels, since they cannot be hung on the bike hooks. Disc wheels aren’t exactly solid, but they’re certainly impractical for hanging from the ceiling.

      1. But if you can stand holding your bike, then who cares if you have a disk wheel or not. Besides disk wheels often have a hole for the stem of the valve anyway.

    2. The solid tire rule is a solid WHEEL rule (such as disc wheels popular with racers) so that headlights aren’t blocked. No one cares what rubber you’re wearing underneath…

      1. The intent of the rule was for bikes on racks on ST Express, if my previous post wasn’t real clear.

      2. Yeah, I can’t see anyone giving someone on a train a hard time about their track bike.

      3. If they ever bring the line as far as Marymoor a lot of people probably would bring their track bikes on Link. It’s a pain in the seat to get there from Seattle in the evening and it’s going to get more expensive when they start tolling. Unfortunately it looks to be at least 15-20 years into the future which might as well be never never land.

    1. Ever broken a spoke?

      This isn’t something I’d see myself using regularly, but transit is very nice backup to have when things go wrong with the bike.

      1. Yes, of course, but one spoke doth not end a ride. Just bend it into the rest and ride on. If you really care, you can tighten the one’s on either side and sort of true up the rim. (I carry a spoke wrench, they are light and when you need one they are very handy.)

        The true emergency carry is a cell phone. Last time I got stuck in downtown, the last 101 didn’t go up my hill. The 148 had quit running. So it was walk 5 miles or call. I called.

        Yes transit is a back up but it’s been a poor one so far for me.

        LINK will eventually be worth taking a bicycle on, but not until it goes farther.

      2. For you. But the service is not built for you alone. It’s also built for people with much less experience and much less of a clue about bike maintenance. Probably less expensive bikes too – the last time I broke a spoke on a cheap wheel, it was unrideable. I only recently got wheels good enough to continue riding on a broken spoke, which was quite a revelation.

        So many of the snide criticisms of Link seem to amount to “it doesn’t cater to my specific needs”, and I don’t understand why this is so hard for people to see past.

      3. It’s being built for a very small number of people though. Once the 520 bike trail is extended all the way to the UW it will be faster to ride there from Microsoft than to take Link. East Link serves only about a 1/4 of the area that feeds the I-90 corridor, essentially none of the 520 corridor (Bellevue to Microsoft and the folks from Seattle that are forced to take the long way around) and the biggy, none of the I-405 corridor yet consumes the lions share of the eastside’s sub area equity for the next 30 years.

      4. Bernie,

        What recent or current major infrastructure projects meet your cost-effectiveness criteria? Or should we just give up on infrastructure?

      5. The new Narrows Bridge immediately comes to mind. In general major infrastructure projects though suffer from the mission creep that’s so evident with the 520 replacement where money goes drifting off into everything from lids to passenger ferries. It’s the nature of representative government where every representative tries to bring home the bacon for his/her constituents so that they get reelected.

        Projects on the planning table would include all of the rail corridor improvements from Seattle to Portland. I think the U-Link portion of the LRT project is justified in the expense of a tunnel.

    2. Maybe the weather is crappy and you don’t want to deal with riding in? Maybe you don’t feel well for one reason or another? Maybe some idiot in an SUV ran you down ant you need to heal and buy a new bike before you ride again?

  5. As a practical matter, will these rules be enforced any more on Link than on Sounder? By late summer, it’s not unusual to have six or eight bikes on one Sounder car, but I’ve never seen them ask anyone to remove a bike.

    Last I heard, they said they had never exceeded the allowed bike count for a train, but I don’t know if there really are cars with no bikes making up for the overloaded cars, or are they undercounting the bikes?

  6. and what exactly is the layout of the Beacon HIll station? Does that mean I cannot put my bike in the elevator and go to work Federal way via Link? Too bad as I live three blocks from it.

    1. Yes, you’ll be able to take your bike through the Beacon Hill station.

      I’m curious – do you plan to ride to Tukwila then bike to Federal Way? Or transfer downtown?

  7. Depends on the weather that day but 6 months outta the year at least I’ll ride LINK to tuk and then bike to federal way..be nice if LINK went all the way to Tacoma (sigh) that would be so badass. I live very close to the BH station moved here from CH 2 years ago for near 1/2 less rent) but work far (too far to walk or wait 25+ mins for the bus but within striking distance for bike) from the Tukwila station…for me and most of us on Beacon Hill the LINK is going to turn out divinely.

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