Archive | Bikes on transit

Completing my Personal “Tilikum Grand Slam”

I’ll admit I had a head start. I enjoyed¬†preview rides on both MAX and Streetcar.

During yesterday’s opening festivities, I had the chance to cross both on MAX and on foot.

And today I cycled east across our wonderful new bridge, and then made the return journey with my bike on the front of a #9 TriMet bus, completing the cycle of all the modes allowed!

[For the record I plan to neither skateboard nor rollerblade across the bridge.]

Multi-modality in the Netherlands

OTREC at PSU is pleased to host an informal, post-term, welcome-summer seminar…

Eva Heinen, Ph.D.
Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Cycling in the Netherlands and Multi-Modality
Public transport as well as walking and cycling offer an environmental friendly alternative to car travel. Not only trips that are solely made by public transport or by a non-motorized mode could be an alternative for car travel; The combination of the two offers additional benefits for both the traveler and society and is thus a competitive alternative to car travel. The combination of bicycling and public transport is commonly used in some countries, such as the Netherlands: more than 40% of all train travellers cycle to the train station. This presentation will focus on the facilities and policies around the integration of bicycle and other modes of transport and preliminary findings on the users of these combined use of transport in the Dutch context.

Tuesday June 18, 1:30-2:30
ITS Lab (Room 315)
PSU Engineering Building, 1930 SW 4th Ave.
(Sorry, no webcast for this one)

Eva Heinen is assistant professor of infrastructure planning and mobility at the Department of Spatial Planning & Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. She was awarded a PhD on the topic ‘Bicycle commuting’ in 2011 by Delft University of Technology – during which period she spent three months at the University of California in Davis as a visiting scholar. She continued working as a researcher at Delft until her move to Groningen. She has published many papers on cycling in international and national journals and has a large international network in cycling, demonstrated by her involvement in many scientific committees and joint publications with international researchers. In 2004 she received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Delft University of Technology, and in 2005 a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam. After graduation she worked as a government trainee and gained experience at the former Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM), the former Netherlands Institute of Spatial Research (RPB) and the Transport Department at the Dutch Embassy in Berlin. She is a member of the editorial board of ‘Rooilijn’, a Dutch journal for science and policy in spatial planning; a member of the Bicycle Committee; co-chair of the paper and program committee of this committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), one of six major divisions of the National Research Council of the US which holds an annual meeting with over 4,000 presenters; Co-Session Track Organizer for Topic Area F: Transport, Land Use and Sustainability of the World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR).

TriMet opens new bike-n-rides

Today, TriMet opened two new bike-and-ride facilities, secure bike parking for customers who use bicycles to reach transit, at the Beaverton and Gresham transit centers.

The Beaverton facility is the largest so far in the TriMet system, with a capacity of 100 bicycles. Unlike the previous such facility at Sunset TC; the Beaverton facility does not need to compete with cars, as TriMet offers very limited parking at Beaverton TC; according to TriMet, 12% of MAX riders using the Beaverton station access it by bicycle.

The facilities consists of a covered, secure bike storage area, with amenities such as air pumps and bike repair stations for minor maintenance of two-wheelers. Access to the bike-and-rides does cost money, however; one must periodically buy a BikeLink card ($20) to use them; bike parking deducts from the card at a rate of $0.03 per hour, or about 30 cents per day.

Of course, the question that’s worth asking: Why do bikers get to pay (even though its a tiny amount), but auto parking remains free along the line? Could it be that TriMet thinks the bike-riding crowd is less likely to abandon public transit (either riding bikes the whole way, or switching to cars) if presented with a fee?

Agency press release here. KGW News story here. Bike Portland’s coverage here.