More Bicycles on Caltrain's Baby Bullet No biker left behind! sign now

As you may know, bicyclists are being left behind and forced off Caltrains Baby Bullet express service. This is not fair to us as loyal paying customers who are going out of our way to use the express trains. Plenty of us have changed our work schedules to take the baby bullet, and being barred from riding it makes us late to work and threatens our job security. Every day we see cyclists left behind, at times up to 20 people at one station!

The new baby bullet express trains only accommodate 16 bicycles, down from either 32 or even 64 spaces on the regular trains. This is disappointing to many cyclists, who have waited for 2 years without weekend train service and were expecting an improved commute as a result. Simply going to a two-bike car bullet train with 32 spaces would be 100\% better (literally!).

Californians are supposed to be Earth conscious and environmentally friendly. Caltrain is making it more difficult for us to do whats best. Would you rather we drive to the stations, waste natural resources and pollute like the rest? How many gallons of gas are all the cyclists on Caltrain saving? Isnt that what public transportation is all about? Caltrain is trying to encourage cyclists to keep a bike at both ends of their trip. But without adequate attended parking or bike lockers, this is not feasible for most commuters who want to avoid bike theft. Not to mention the added cost of buying and maintaining a second bicycle.

A change in attitude is also necessary. Conductors should treat all paying passengers the same. Bicyclists are not second-class passengers, and shouldnt be mistreated as such. We get enough grief from other passengers and risk our lives every day fighting traffic. Only two Caltrain Conductors, Suki and Booker, understand and treat cyclists with courtesy and respect. It is no coincidence that their trains operate smoothly and without the stress and conflict seen on every other train. The easy excuse given is that, Were just doing what we are told. If this is true, then the conductors need to be told something different. We already are going against the common thought and practices. Having the conductors add to the antagonistic relationship between cyclists and pedestrians is not helping anyone.

It is a fact that there is one extra baby bullet bike car. Every day we see the two-bike car bullet train. Most days, the conductors will bar entrance to the second bike car, again, on orders from above. This is not a smart use of available resources. If the car is there, let us use it! Spreading out the bicyclists will be quicker and easier for everyone. It will also cut down on the number of cyclists left behind.

Better still, if Caltrain can schedule it so that the two-bike car trains run at a certain time, every day, then we can be better prepared for it when it comes into the station. Caltrain should also schedule this two-bike car train for the busiest times to alleviate congestion and forcing people to stay behind, being late to work, or delaying their commute home.

It has been almost a month since the baby bullet service has started. While it is a commendable first effort, its now time to consider the cyclists as well. We are not going away and we will not be ignored. Please ask for our input in future decisions to avoid embarrassing mistakes like this one. We are glad to help, and together we can make this a successful and mutually beneficial endeavor.

We, the undersigned, demand that Caltrain add more bicycle capacity to their baby bullet trains so that there be no biker left behind!

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  • 27 November 2015847. Ryan M
    While the language in the petition is a bit harsh - the conductors have been very nice to me, and I see their frustration when they have to turn away cyclists - the goal is on target. Please increase the number of bike spaces on the baby bullet trains.
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    On the older trains, regular passengers should be advised not to sit in the bicycle car, there are small signs posted, but no one reads them. I have been told several times to stay in the bicycle car with my bike, but others seem to be able to sit anywher
  • 06 November 2015839. Faye T
    Please allow more bikes on caltrain baby bullet. Cal trains should welcome the bike riders. They are doing a public service by keeping the cars off the road. They should be at least treated the same as regular riders. In fact, Cal Trains should herald the
  • 05 November 2015838. Ben T
    I have tried the two-bike remedy that CalTrain promotes. While I was initially amused by the pigeon plops, and the drunken dousings by our friendly neighborhood Giants fans, the thrill of anticipating which parts would remain attached to my bike by the ti
  • 01 November 2015837. Stephanie G
    You have no idea how frustrating it is to be on time for a train, but not be able to get on because there isn't enough room for bikes! Please make more room for bikes.
  • 31 October 2015836. Susan E
    While I don't ride a bike, I strongly support non-auto alternatives for getting to work. This will be a big improvement.
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    Most people are reluctant to make multiple connections on public transit because they become vulnerable to delays. Being able to depend on a bicycle avoids this, and makes mass transit much more attractive for those who don't work right next to the train
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    Amtrak can solve the enough bike racks on board with their new train cars... get on board, Caltrain!
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Joanne MirandaBy:
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Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board

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