I sometimes have the opportunity to take my bike on Rapid Transit Trains here in the Bay Area (BART). You're not supposed to board your bike during certain peak hours and you're not to board the last car in the sequence of the trains. I conscientiously follow all of the rules, as I do not want to misrepresent the cycling community and would like very much to have more people embrace cycling and accept cyclists as the environmentally friendly people that most of us are.
However, I've noticed how some passengers grimmace at the sight of cyclists boarding their bicycles onto mass transit system trains. They look at us as though we're some type of visual abberation or something. Some people even sit in seats that are normally occupied by cyclists, in the obvious effort to inconvenience us. Although, the car that you enter is practically empty, they'll rush to sit in seats closest to designated bicycle parking areas on the train. This then requires that you either stand by the door ( holding on to your bike), partially blocking the entrance of other passengers, or you can look really stupid (as I have seen some cyclist do), and place your bike in the middle of the aisle, making it difficult for others, the convenience of passing you by, to find available seating. Some passengers are just plain rude to cyclists. Also, on the other hand, some cyclists make no effort to park their bikes in a reasonable and considerate fashion, possibly fueling the anti-cyclist fire amongst other passengers.
There's no reason for cyclists to ride with non-cyclists. It just seems to be an all around inconvenience for us all. I don't want to accidentally brush my bike against some professionally dressed person on their way to work. Nor do I want to have my bike wheels roll over toes, shoes, or feet. I also resent being grimmaced at, when lawfully boarding the trains.
Let's just have separate cars on Regional Transit Systems that are clearly reserved for cyclists. Cyclists will then get first priority in seating and a place will be provided to secure their bikes while riding. I envision a time when their will be more cyclists riding trains to their eventual destinations, anyway.
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