Bikes On Board

Greetings Bicycle Commuters and Supporters,

Please take action!

ACTION #1:  Caltrain wants your input on its draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIR)

ACTION #2:  Report all bicycle bumps; six-car trains on the horizon

ACTION #3:  Forward this email to others



Caltrain has released its draft EIR for electrification (slated for 2019), and the EIR doesn’t even consider the environmental benefits of increasing onboard bike capacity. In fact, the EIR assumes no increase in bike capacity, and says people should park their bikes at the stations!


Send Caltrain an email by 5pm, Tuesday, April 29 to electrification@caltrain.com and copy bikesonboard@sfbike.org with the subject line “Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project".


Here are suggested talking points:

  + Thank Caltrain that the draft EIR states that bikes will be allowed onboard electrified trains.

  + Express disappointment that the draft EIR does not consider the environmental benefits of increased onboard bike capacity.

        + Increased bike capacity would increase ridership.

        + Increased bike capacity would encourage current Caltrain riders to shift from driving to biking.

        + More Caltrain riders with bikes onboard would reduce air pollution.

  + Projections show that over 20% of passengers would bring a bike onboard by 2019, and the final EIR should evaluate the impact of increased onboard bike capacity.

  + Include your city of residence with your signature.


Caltrain is holding public meetings about its EIR. Please plan to attend and speak up!

Meeting schedule:
Redwood City Main Library: 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 6pm - 8pm 

San Jose Main Library: 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose
Monday, April 7, 2014 | 6pm - 8pm 

UCSF Mission Bay Genentech Hall Room N114: 600 16th St, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 6pm - 8pm

You can find a link to the draft EIR in Caltrain's press release here:


Projected bike boardings can be found in section 4.3 of SFBC Plan for Bicycle Carriage on Caltrain: http://tinyurl.com/SFBC-Plan




Your bump reports are more important now than ever, because Caltrain is in negotiations to buy new (used) rail cars. We could be seeing six-car Bombardier trains in less than a year. Caltrain has already resisted our request to make the sixth car a bike car, so we need your bump reports to show Caltrain there is a big demand for more bike space!


Please use the handy email link at http://www.sfbike.org/bob to report all bumps. Please report the following:

  + number of bumped bikes (even if you are not one of them),

  + day,

  + station,

  + train number or time plus travel direction,

  + train type, i.e., old or gallery vs. new or Bombardier, and

  + any additional information such as how getting bumped affected your day.


If the handy email link doesn’t work with your email client, please send your bump report to all six addresses:

bikesonboard@sfbike.org, nabongs@samtrans.com, board@caltrain.com, bartholomewt@samtrans.com, cacsecretary@caltrain.com, bac@caltrain.com




Please forward to other cyclists and anyone who cares about bicycle commuting.



Thank you in advance for emailing Caltrain and/or attending a public meeting about its EIR. And please keep reporting bumps!


More bikes, no bumps,

Shirley Johnson

Caltrain BIKES ONboard project

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition


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