Yep, (hopefully you read my sarcasm into my last post) there's scores of bad
bikers out there. And I've dealt with them too, when I'm driving (I have too
many cars too). Irritation at law-breakers is totally understandable
- both in cars and on bikes.
Pedaler, I never used to be an "anti-bike-ite" as you call it, until I started
seeing bikes racing through crowded sidewalks downtown, crossing intersections
against the light or running stop signs because they are too "good" to stop and
put their feet down, riding 4 abreast at about 6 miles an hour completely
blocking a traffic lane instead of riding in the bike lane, etc. Teach your
fellow bikers to behave, and you will get more sympathy.
Is it too much for a humble cyclist to ask for a place among the rest of
society? Please don't push us to the dark, marginalized corners of the hostile
commuter world. We cyclists are humans too! Don't be an anti-bike-ite!
Actually the cars on order are all low floor cars. The problem with low floor
cars is that the reduce the number of seats per car so it is a trade off.
Why get all worked up over this? My experience with my bike is that people with
out bikes prefer to stand where the bikes are supposed to be, making it
difficult. If UTA was smart they would start, and I believe they are doing
this, replacing the current trains with level platform trains. This would make
it much easier for bikes to go in the middle, pivot section of the train where
no one ever stands.
Drag the bikes behind the train. Problem solved!
The TRAX and the FrontRunner are crowded enough during peak periods. Losing
seats and space to bikes is a bad answer. Especially when passengers who carry
bikes on to the trains are not paying any more than other passengers, yet they
take up 2 to 3 times the space. I think that the answer is to add
an additional car to the TRAX and the FrontRunner trains for bike passengers
only and consider charging those passengers extra to defray the cost of
operating and maintaining the extra cars.
Why not have one car for people with bikes. My experience with trax is you try
to get on, but there is always somebody blocking the way with their bike. And
don't ask them to move, you could get punched in the face.