NJ Bike Riders Want NJ Transit To Pump The Brakes On Inconvenient Policy

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Bike riders in the Garden State are up in arms over an NJ Transit policy that prevents them from carrying bikes onto trains at stations without elevated platforms.

Andrew Besold, author of the blog, “WalkBikeJersey.blogspot.com,”  said that the policy is particularly problematic in Bergen and Passaic counties.

NJ Transit has 60 stations with high level platforms that allow riders to board a train without climbing stars, according to Penny Bassett Hackett, a spokeswoman for NJ Transit.

Kevin O’Connor, head of NJ Transit’s rail division, told The Record that bikers carrying bikes onto trains from the ground, or low-level platforms, pose a safety hazard both for the biker and for other passengers because the cyclist must wheel the bikes past them at head level.

David Joseph of Clifton said that he was forced to ride his bike to Harrison because he was unable to board trains at the Delawanna train station in Clifton.

Currently the Pascack Valley Line does not have any high level platforms and the Main and Bergen Lines have only four stations with high level platforms.

Transportation Commissioner jim Simpson has directed the North Jersey Transportation Advisory Committee to review the policy.

Should the policy change or remain the same? Let us know in our comments section below…

 

 

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  1. Brownstone6 says:

    I have been using NJ Transit low level platforms for 50 years – long
    before NJ Transit was created in 1983 from the wreck of the
    Penn-Central, Erie-Lackawanna, and Jersey Central railroads. Some NJT
    manager has gotten a bug up his butt about bikes, because there does not
    seem to be any record of an actual problem. Cyclists have been carrying bikes up and down from trains without significant issues.

    Note that NJT does not allow full size bikes on trains during rush hours, they are allowed for off peak trains, so there are no rush hours bike conflicts. Folding bikes are allowed on all trains at any time.

    Cyclists use rail transit for long distance – crossing the state and crossing roads and rivers that are not safe to ride a bike on, and then riding the bike on roads and paths. The train allows cyclists to ride until dark, then take the train back home. The trains are also a backup if the weather turns awful or the bike breaks or one gets too tired (never happens…;-). )

    This is a bad policy decision that must be reversed ASAP.

  2. jerseyjoey says:

    Tell you what, if gas keeps going up up up and away into the stratosphere at 5 to 10 bucks a gallon all of us will be riding a bike.

  3. NW says:

    Passengers with bicycles are already required to maneuver safely and courteously through doorways, on platforms and up-down stairways throughout the system. No reason they can’t be held similarly accountable to manage the “last few feet” on the trains themselves.

    With fares accounting for less than half NJT’s operating costs, cyclists are already obligated to pay their share in taxes — whether they allowed access or not.

    Another way to look at it, is the more people who have access to the system, the cheaper it is for everyone.

    Absent a compelling safety concern, let ’em ride.

  4. Jerry says:

    Bikes are not allowed on NJTransit trains during rush hour, except folding bikes, which are always allowed. Getting more room for bikes on trains (special car at the back?) can reduce congestion and pollution as people bike to the train and then from the train to their office. Everybody wins – bicyclists and motorists.

  5. Christie is MORBIDLY OBESE! says:

    THE GOVERNOR CHRISTIE OF NJ IS A FAT DISGUSTING MESS OF HOG SLOP. HE WANTS TO MAKE EXERCIZING ILLEGAL AND WANTS ALL CITIZENS TO BE MORBIDLY OBESE LIKE HE IS ACCORDING TO A TABLOID PUBLICATION.

  6. Jeff Benson says:

    Folding bike in its bag is not allowed ?

    Write me the ticket & I will gladly appear in court to dispute.

  7. F*CK 1010 says:

    what about locking your bike at the train station? The rush hour trains are crowded enough without some j@ck-@$$ bike rider trying to get their bike on the train.

    1. dose says:

      specially when there are fat@sses like you taking up 2 seats

  8. Esmerelda says:

    Some of these bike riders think they are a special category and
    should have immediate and all rights.
    No and Too Bad.
    Enough already.
    Now there are bike riders pushing people out of the way on sidewalks,
    in subway stations, weaving between cars, sneaking up everywhere
    in the wrong direction.
    Its out of control.

    1. frank grimes says:

      yeah. when decent obese people like you can’t stuff their faces at the drive thru bc some biker is making you drive too slow, something’s definitely wrong.

    2. jb says:

      Just like the drivers you mean, all red light running, aggressive driving millions of them? AAA just came out with a 2009 study that shows aggressive drivers, with mentalities like yours, account for 56% of all fatalities in New Jersey. Shame on you jerk.

  9. Nanny says:

    Has there been a lawsuit? Why is NJ Transit making life difficult for bike riders (and I do not ride a bike) This is pure BS from the Nanny State- oh my someone might get hurt! We want to “protect” you.

  10. The Realist says:

    Why do you need to ride a train with your bike? You already have a bike, so just RIDE THE BIKE.

    1. Exley says:

      Yeah, all those lazy bike commuters, choosing not to make 80-mile round-trip rides into the city every day. I mean, get a life, right?!

  11. Sailor Boy says:

    Trains and bikes do not mix

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