SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – In an effort to double the number of bicyclists who commute using BART, the service is launching a five-week, Friday’s-only experiment by dropping its rush-hour bike ban beginning August 3rd.

With the exception of being asked not to use the first car, cyclists will be allowed full access to the system, according to BART Director Tom Radulovich – himself a cyclist.

“I would describe it as the holy grail for cyclists,” said Radulovich, who called the lifting of the ban, “peak period access to the BART system”.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Rider Marilola said the current rules, generally barring riders during the morning and evening rush hours to save space, is a bit discriminatory.

“That’s sort of banning people who use their bike to commute from commuting,” she said.

There will be extensive surveys to determine whether the ban should be lifted permanently.

And in another bike bonus, BART soon expects to rollout a bike-share program in San Francisco.

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