CITE NCS Luncheon: How to Get People to Bike to the Train Station?
On March 5, 2019, we will be receiving a presentation by Matt Pinder M.Eng., a Senior Designer from Alta Planning + Design, on using cycling as an access mode to commuter rail stations. The presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the value of supporting cycling access to transit stations as well as a toolbox of solutions and policies examples; comprising policies of three (3) North American rail operators - Metrolinx (GO Transit), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), and Washington Metro (WMATA), which may be employed to grow cycling rates and improve the overall access to transit.
Rapid transit, especially commuter rail, is an efficient and comfortable way to move people between suburbs and dense urban cores, but a gap still remains in getting people from their homes to these train stations. While commuter rail in Canada and the United States is highly dependent on private cars to provide access to the train stations, other countries such as the Netherlands and Japan have continuously developed rail networks and stations around cycling; such that nearly 50% of access trips to train stations in the Netherlands are made using the bicycle.
Matt Pinder, M.Eng., Alta Planning + Design, Ottawa ON
Mr. Matt Pinder, is presently a Senior Designer at Alta Planing + Design, completed a Masters of Engineering, where he focused his studies on active transportation, public transit, and road safety, and completed a research project on cycling as an access mode to rail stations which was presented at an international cycling researchers conference in Amsterdam in 2018. He worked at Metrolinx as an Advisor on the Mobility Management team, and at the same time led the development of new progressive design guidelines for accommodating bicycles at GO Train stations, including dedicated access through parking lots and secure bike parking.