OAKLAND -- After two five-day pilot periods and an extended trial, allowing bicycles on BART trains during commute periods will now become a permanent change.

BART's board of directors voted unanimously Thursday to allow bicyclists to ride on commute trains between 7 and 9 a.m. and between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. in all but the first three cars of a given train, or on "any crowded car." Bikes will also be allowed on all trains during non-commute hours, except in the first car or any crowded cars.

The new rules will take effect Dec. 1.

Currently, bikes are not allowed on peak-direction trains during commute hours.

Bike advocates on Thursday voiced approval of the modification, but the president of the union representing BART station agents complained that bicyclists create safety issues and that workers were not involved in the process.

BART directors said they want to reassess the changes in the future to make sure they are working properly.



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