You might not have realized it, but a year ago if you loaded a bike on the bus rack with downtown Seattle as your destination, you were not able to unload it in the downtown core during commute times (read: when most people are going in and out of the city.) King County Metro’s policy allowed bike loading outside of the Ride Free Area (RFA) only, meaning multi-modal commuters had to unload at the edge of town and ride to their final destinations. Nor could one load a bike in the RFA to leave the city center.
But as we announced last February, King County Metro commenced a one-year demonstration project, permitting bike loading and unloading in Seattle’s downtown Ride Free Zone at any time of the day.
Nearly a year has passed. The results are in and the news is good! Metro says there have been no problems with safety, operation or on-time performance due to this policy change, and they are making it permanent with the February 2011 service change. It will no longer be billed as a demonstration.
Thanks to King County Metro for offering better options for linking bus and bike transportation.