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Bikes allowed on all SkyTrain routes during rush hour due to low ridership

Last Updated Oct 11, 2020 at 10:34 am PDT

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Summary

Bikes will now be allowed on the Expo and Millennium lines at all times

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond says the easing of these restrictions comes as ridership during the pandemic has been low

This change will not affect the Canada Line which already allows bikes at all hours

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) — In a move to make transit more accessible during the pandemic, bikes will now be allowed on the Expo and Millennium Lines at all times, TransLink announced Friday.

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.