A bike-friendlier Metro system
Metro has completed its study of pedestrian and bicycle access to Metrorail stations. The recommendations include an aggressive yet important goal of tripling the percentage of riders who arrive by bicycle by 2020 and quintupling it by 2030.
In 2007, 0.7 percent of Metrorail riders arrived by bicycle. Metro's ridership is growing, but adding parking capacity is extremely expensive or completely infeasible, and increasing the ability for riders to walk and bike to stations can help Metro grow most efficiently.
You can discuss bicycle and pedestrian access with Metro planners tonight at a public session hosted by the Riders' Advisory Council, 6:30 p.m. at Metro HQ.
Already, walking and biking is growing faster than other modes. Metrorail ridership in the a.m. peak grew 11 percent from 2002-07, but the numbers of pedestrians grew 18 percent and bicyclists 60 percent. Metro wants to make continued growth an official goal and set targets of 2.1 percent for 2020 and 3.5 percent for 2030.
[Continue reading David Alpert's post here at Greater Greater Washington.]
David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.
| December 6, 2010; 12:18 PM ET
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