Sacramento Regional Transit's "Next Stop News" May flier announces that RT is celebrating Bike to Work Day next Thursday, May 15, by offering FREE rides to all bicyclists."
I was puzzled a moment wondering why RT was doing this for bicyclists and doing nothing for National Train Day tomorrow (May 10). After all, if RT is going to celebrate something, you'd think it would make more sense to offer free rides to the festivities at the Sacramento Valley Station on Saturday. But then I realized the free rides for bike riders is a very limited offer.
The bus racks can carry only two bikes at one time. The bus drivers don't let people bring their bikes inside the bus. On light rail, the rules say you can have only four bikes on a car -- two in the front and two in the rear -- and only two bikes in the rear of the lead car. I wouldn't be surprised to see RT start enforcing this rule on Thursday.
So, I give RT the sound of one hand clapping approval for free rides for bike riders on Bike to Work Day next Thursday.