Bicycle Access: New Boost for Transit Performance

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by Michael A. Replogle, Maryland-Natl Capital Park &, Planning Commission, Silver Spring, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Innovative Strategies to Improve Urban Transportation Performance

Abstract: Bicycle-transit linkage is a highly cost-effective strategy for boosting suburban transit performance and ridership and appears to offer significant potential for reducing transit access system costs, energy use, air pollution, and traffic congestion. Promotion of both transit access and egress by bicycle can open up new and growing markets for suburban public transportation at a far lower cost than automobile park-and-ride development in most communities. Bicycle access to Japanese and European express transit services has grown phenomenally in the past decade, becoming vital to the success of suburban public transportation. In many communities in both Japan and Europe, bicycles account for one-fourth to one-half of all rail station access and 10% to 20% of station egress.

Subject Headings: Transportation management | Bicycles | Public transportation | Rail transportation | Railroad stations | Suburbs | Air traffic | Air pollution | Europe | Japan | Asia

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