Bike to Wherever Day has returned this Thursday, May 18, and Caltrain is ready and able to help Bay Area cyclists get to where they need to go.
Caltrain, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) and in recognition of National Bike Month, is co-sponsoring the energizer station at Menlo Park Station, and Caltrain staff will welcome cyclists at five energizer stations along the Caltrain corridor including those at or near the Millbrae, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale and Gilroy Caltrain stations. Energizer stations will be equipped with snacks, coffee, free swag and much more in order to encourage more people to feel comfortable riding their bike. Energizer stations will be set up throughout the Bay Area from May 18-20.
People who use bikes to access Caltrain can take advantage of more than 300 bicycle eLockers at 22 Caltrain stations, including the most recent installation at the Menlo Park Station. Standard eLocker rates are only 5 cents per hour, with night and weekend rates of 2 cents per hour. Caltrain is currently giving 100 free hours of bicycle parking at Caltrain-owned eLockers to riders when they sign up for an eLocker account at www.bikelink.org and connect it to their Clipper Card.
Currently, over 20% of Caltrain riders access the system with a bicycle. Prior to COVID-19, Caltrain served approximately 10,000 bicyclists every weekday, with 10% of riders typically bringing 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. The eLocker installations provide customers with an easy to use, secure facility and help alleviate some of the demand for bike space on trains.
Caltrain is a cosponsor of Bike to Wherever Day, along with its sister agencies SamTrans and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. Serving the region since 1863, Caltrain is the oldest continually operating rail system west of the Mississippi. Looking to the future, Caltrain is set to electrify the corridor by 2024, which will reduce diesel emissions and add more service to more stations while advancing the agency’s equity goals.
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