MBTA Unveils Expanded Bicycle Parking

With help from MassBike and other advocates, the MBTA has become more and more receptive to the needs of bicyclists. With new bicycle-friendly policies in place, the MBTA is increasing their bicycle facilities throughout the system. MassBike has the latest on the T’s planned improvements.

From now through next Spring, the MBTA will be installing 50 BikePorts around their stations. The BikePorts are canopied bike racks, so you’ll be able to lock up with some protection from the elements. The first was recently installed in Worcester:

During 2011, the T will also complete six more Pedal & Parks, the T’s secure bike parking facilities. So far, the three operational Pedal & Parks (two at Alewife and one at Forest Hills) have been a huge success, and are constantly filled with bicycles. The new facilities will be located at South Station, Davis, Ashmont, Malden, Oak Grove, and Braintree. Each location will be able to hold 100-150 bicycles, so parking your bike at these stations should no longer be a problem. The MBTA is also improving the access system for the Pedal & Parks so the doors lock and unlock more reliably with your Bike CharlieCard.

Lastly, over the next 18 months, 100% of the MBTA’s bus fleet will be equipped with bike racks, so you’ll finally be able to rely on the next bus having a rack (and let your bike do some of the riding for a change).

We’re excited to continue working with the MBTA to keep improving bicyclist access to transit.

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8 Responses to MBTA Unveils Expanded Bicycle Parking

  1. Jason November 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    Could you post instructions on how to use the bus bike carriers? I have never used one and I don’t want to hold up a bus while I try to figure out how to mount it safely.

  2. Charlie November 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Jason, here are instructions for how to use the bus bike racks:

  3. JJJ November 29, 2010 at 2:34 am #

    I believe the south station cage opened a few months ago

    • David December 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

      The South Station P&P was unveiled months ago, but not yet completed.

  4. Rob Fine December 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Why wasn’t the first bike cage installed at Ashmont? A Massbike study submitted to the MBTA in March, 2005 to their Bike/transit Advisory committe showed there to be only 8 bike racks at Ashmont while 174 racks were in place at Alewife. I guess the MBTA figured bicyclists using Ashmont station would simply have to wait even longer and find another means of bike parking while another station which already had ample bicycle parking was given even more capacity and higher security in 2009.

  5. Ray March 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Gosh, no more Pedal and Park at South Station as of March 29 (or earlier). Any idea what’s going on?

  6. Ray April 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    The removal is temporary, while a new full-cage bike parking facility is constructed. Yippee.

    • James April 4, 2011 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks for the update, Ray!