Sound Transit launched a promotional campaign this week, to encourage more bicycling to the train and bus stations – to increase the reach of the region’s transit network.
It’s part of an ongoing attempt to squeeze more use out of the area’s park-and-ride hubs. The agency says 2 million people live within an easy three-mile ride, but in fact the access is nowhere near that great, because of natural features such as the Duwamish River, and man-made obstacle such as I-5. Even where direct routes exist many are full of traffic perils – a classic example being 164th Street Southwest, to anybody trying to bike toward the Ash Way Park-and-Ride in Lynnwood. Meanwhile, crowding in the park-and-ride lots has caused elected officials on the transit board to worry about capacity, to emphasize bike lanes and sidewalks in future station designs such as at South 200th Street in SeaTac, and to even talk about charging drivers a daily fee.
Sound Transit created a bicycle coordinator position in 2011 and is using a $100,000 Federal Transit Administration grant for the marketing campaign. The agency has gradually increased bicycle parking at train stations, and soon will add 20 bike lockers at Mount Baker Station and a 48-bike cage at Beacon Hill Station. Both have waiting lists, said spokesman Bruce Gray. Sound Transit maintains more than 300 bike spaces but doesn’t have an estimate of bike-and-ride use overall. An estimated 4 percent of commuters within the city of Seattle bicycle.
The bicycle information page is linked here.