Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Does the T get it?
Does Tarrant County's transit agency, "The T", get it when it comes to multi-modal transportation involving bicycles? Certainly looks promising.
When another area transit agency unveiled their bike racks on buses, the agency's president went on television proclaiming how you could now use a bus to take your bicycle to the park. He didn't get it, even though many of his employees do.
Using a bicycle as part of a bus trip extends the capture basin for bus lines 200 to 400%. People will walk 1/4 mile to a bus stop, or from a bus stop to their work place. Using a bicycle, people will extend that distance up to a mile. In a low population density region like DFW, extending the capture basin for riders effectively increase the available population density, and helps to eliminate the automobile cold-starts that create much of the air pollution we experience in our area.
I encourage you to try the racks on both DART and The T buses.