OAKLAND (KCBS) – Starting on Friday, August 3, bike riders can take their wheels on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains during commute hours, normally a no-no for cyclists throughout the year.

But the new experiment is only being offered on Fridays and only in the month of August.

Kevin, an East Bay commuter, normally stashes his bike at the Embarcadero Station when he gets to San Francisco. But if he rode in later in the afternoon or in the morning, he couldn’t bring his bike on a train due to BART’s current policy of only allowing bikes in off-peak hours.

KCBS’ Janice Wright Reports:

“That’s nice not to bring it on but there’s certainly times when I do want to bring it on,” he said.

Kevin said he likes the idea behind the new experimental program.

“I think this is something they should have done a long time ago,” he said.

BART Bike Program Manager Steve Beroldo said this program will just run a month, for now, and many of the same rules apply regarding trains that might be too crowded.

“We want to get some firsthand experience on what it’s like to have bikes on the trains during the commute period,” said Beroldo.

BART officials are hoping to get public comment throughout the trial period.

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