How to Improve Bicycle Access to the PATH Train (and here are the existing rules).

Today’s Rules about Bike Access on the PATH Train (as of May 2013)

  • Folded bicycles are permitted on the PATH train at all times. (I could see no definition for what constitutes a folding bike.)
  • Non-folding bicycles are permitted at all times except weekdays between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM and weekdays between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM (rush hour).
  • There is a limit of two bicycles per PATH railcar.
  • No bicycles are permitted in the first railcar of a train.
  • Bicyclists must use elevators or stairs and may not take bicycles on escalators.
  • Cyclists may not ride bicycles in trains, on platforms or in the stations.
  • PATH or PAPD (Port Authority Police Department) may require bicyclists to wait for the next train.
  • Cyclists are to hold their bikes while on trains and not to block aisles or doors.
  • In the event of an evacuation, leave the bicycle on the train and ensure that it does not block aisles or doors.
Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s web page about bicycle rules.

Suggestions for cyclists:

  • Join New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition and advocate for better bike access on New Jersey trains.
  • Be polite, cooperative and deferential to officials and other passengers, no matter what.  When you board a train with a bike, especially if it’s a recumbent, you are representing all ‘bent riders and cyclists in the Metro Region.  If there is a problem, please do not get into a dispute with the “nice official” (and if his name is not “Sir,” then it is “Ma’am.”)  But do get the official’s name, time of incident, nearest station, etc., take photos or video if possible, and write a note for yourself so you remember the details.  Then file a complaint here: http://www.panynj.gov/contact/contact-us.html.  This is the online submission form for the Port Authority.
  • Do NOT just sit and take it.  Go to Port Authority board meetings and speak during the public comment period for increased bicycle access.  You can contact New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition if you would like assistance in preparing a statement or would like other advice on presenting at a Port Auth. board meeting.  Personal stories make very compelling testimony.  (By the way, the people who attend these meetings can be quite interesting.  It is time well spent.)
  • The schedule for the Port Authority’s board meetings is here:
    http://www.panynj.gov/corporate-information/schedule-upcoming-board-meetings.html
Have fun and advocate for a better world of cycling, which is redundant,

Robert
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Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2013 Robert Matson