If you’re a cyclist this will be a bit of good news as anyone who has attempted to take their bike on SkyTrain lines has been met with strict rules banning bikers from bringing them aboard during morning and evening rush hour.
TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond says the easing of these restrictions comes as ridership during the pandemic has been low.
“This change will give customers more opportunity to integrate cycling into their daily commute with transit and will hopefully encourage more people to leave their cars at home and support more greener modes of transportation this fall,” Desmond explains.
This rule change is temporary and is set to end on March 31, 2021.
Metro Vancouver cycling advocacy group HUB Cycling is also onboard with this move.
“By allowing bikes on SkyTrain during rush hours, TransLink has helped create a safer, more resilient, and more equitable transportation option for people who want to ride their bikes as part of their regular trips,” said Executive Director Erin O’Melinn.
TransLink adds, this change will not affect the Canada Line which already allows bikes at all times “given the larger train configuration,” the statement reads.