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BART gears up for more bike riders


In 2015, 6.4 percent of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) riders rode bicycles to get to rail stations, marking an increase from 4.5 percent in 2012.

The agency originally expected that 8 percent of riders would travel to BART via bike by 2022, but that figure "is on track to be eclipsed," according to a news article on BART's website.

BART now projects the number of riders accessing its stations by bike will hit 10 percent by 2022.

There has been a cultural shift toward biking in the San Francisco area, said Steve Beroldo, BART's bike program manager.

BART will accommodate the increase in bike riders by adding secure parking for bicycles at stations. To accommodate bikes on trains, BART plans to introduce straps to help hold bicycles in place in designated areas.