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Fwd: Bikes on BART Escalators  Jym Dyer
 Oct 26, 2013 13:03 PDT 

=v= The discussion of Bikes on BART escalators has come up
again, but it's missing some important information: BART
did a survey of stair and escalator incidents two years ago,
at the request of Robert Raburn, with eye-opening results.

=v= These were sent to the ebbc-talk listserv, whose archive
was lost in a website redesign. So I'm forwarding a message
here for posterity (to the extent that Topica archives are

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To: <ebbc--@lists.ebbc.org>
From: Robert Raburn <robert-@covad.net>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:31:53 -0800
Subject: Re: [Ebbc-Talk] Bikes on BART Escalators
Message-ID: <00a301ccc7f2$dc6d37a0$9547a6e0$@covad.net>

During the May 12, 2011 BART Board meeting (Bike to Work Day), I formally
requested that BART revisit the prohibition of bikes on escalators. Director
Tom Radulovich also spoke up to improve station access for bicyclists. We
need three more votes among the nine elected directors.

Since that date, BART staff have provided updates on stair and escalator
incidents between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2011. These data report a total
of 829 incidents. Only 8 involved bicyclists on escalators, plus 6 were
bicycle and stair-related incidents. These data corroborate an earlier study
from 2003-2005 that reported only 8 bicycle-escalator incidents out of a
total of 919 accidents. On June 6, 2011 BART's Bicycle Accessibility Task
Force (BBATF copied), composed of bicycling representatives from each county
BART serves, supported removal of the prohibition.

A couple of additional points are worth noting:

* None of the bicyclists' injuries were fatal.
* The sex and ages of 8 recent bicyclists who struggled on escalator were:
F68, M64, M71, M76, M50, M56, F24, and M53.
* 6 bicyclists reported injuries while ascending escalators and 2 while
* BART escalators are signed to prohibit wheelchairs, strollers and
* 52 passengers with luggage reported incidents on the escalators.
* 50 passengers reported incidents while using "other" equipment including
walkers, strollers, and carts.

BART cannot eliminate all hazards, but we can reduce the risk of injury by
educating passengers to stand still and hold onto their bikes, lock the
front brake with the front tire on the tread, and never allow the bike to be
turned sideways.

- - -Robert Raburn
Director - District 4
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
300 Lakeside Drive, PO Box 12688
Oakland, CA 94604-2688

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