Bike to Work Day is still on hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but Bike to Wherever Day is this Friday, May 21, and Caltrain is on hand to get you to wherever your wherever happens to be.
Cyclists returning to Caltrain will be pleasantly surprised by the installation of bicycle eLockers at 12 of its stations. Belmont, Redwood City, Lawrence, Mountain View and San Jose Diridon stations received their new eLockers in February of this year, while the California Avenue, Hillsdale, Palo Alto, San Antonio, San Bruno, San Carlos and Sunnyvale stations have had them installed in the past month. The addition of over 180 eLockers means that there are currently more than 300 eLockers throughout the Caltrain system at 18 stations. Caltrain will continue to monitor the use of the eLockers and add more as demand increases.
The standard fee for an eLocker is $.05 per hour, with night and weekends priced at $.02 per hour. The eLockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the past, Caltrain rented lockers out keyed lockers to individual users, but the new eLockers will give people with bikes more flexibility and increase locker availability. More information about accessing and using the eLockers is available at www.bikelink.org.
Additionally, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is setting up Energizer Stations at nine Caltrain Stations: San Mateo, Hillsdale, Palo Alto, California Avenue, San Antonio, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Jose Diridon. The energizer stations will provide free giveaways and good cheer to encourage cyclists on Bike to Wherever Day.
Prior to COVID-19, Caltrain served approximately 10,000 bicyclists every weekday. Ten percent of customers typically bring their bike onboard. Survey data has found that many of these riders do so because they do not have a secure place to leave their bike at the station. This effort will provide those customers with an easy to use, secure facility and help alleviate some of the demand for bike space on trains. Expanding station bike parking is critical to meeting the Caltrain Business Plan's projected future ridership, which is expected to triple by 2040.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.
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