More Houstonians Are Bringing Their Bikes Aboard The Bus

Matt Wurth owner of I Cycle Bike Shop in October 12, 2009. Photo taken by Rod Rice.
Metro is reporting a big increase in the number of Houston commuters who bring their bikes along when they ride the bus.

 

Bicycle racks were first installed on Houston's buses in 2007, but Metro says it's now seeing a dramatic increase in the number of commuters who use those racks. 

The agency says "bike boardings" are now up 50 percent over this time last year.  Metro's Margaret O'Brien-Molina says over 15,000 riders used the service last month alone. 

"Say they may have a mile, two miles to go, like in between their home and where they could pick up public transit. And then they'll go on the rest of the way on the bus to wherever their ultimate destination is."

O'Brien-Molina says as freeways grow more crowded, an increasing number of Houstonians are seeing bus and bike commuting as an alternative. Commuters can also bring their bikes aboard light rail trains but only during non-peak hours.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...