Sunday, November 02, 2008

Bikes encouraged to use pay BART parking, cars free

Bart is encouraging cyclists to use the new electronic 'smart card' lockers. Cyclists need to pay to put money on the cards to use the lockers. Meanwhile, drivers can still park free at many stations. Meanwhile many stations offer free car parking. Having a charge for bike parking is a good thing, as it encourages turnover and greater use of resources. Paid parking at stations would also be a good thing. If they were really concerned that it would discourage ridership, they could always raise the parking cost, and cut fares the same amount. True 'green' commuters would get a cut, while park and riders would break out even... Instead, they just charge the green, and leave the polluters alone.

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