No parking at Metro-North? How about bike boxes?

Bike locker at NJ Transit station

Bike locker at NJ Transit station

The New York Times Westchester regional published a story last week about the extraordinary steps some communities have to take because they have run out of parking spaces at their Metro-North stations.

Published: May 16, 2009

BY the time Ned Midgley drives up to the Scarborough Metro-North Railroad station here for his 8:38 a.m. train to Grand Central Terminal, more than 800 cars have already crammed into every available permit parking space.

Valet parking? Extra fees of several hundred dollars a year? Folks who are retired or laid off, but who won’t relinquish their parking permit?

But nary a word about alternative transportation to and from Metro-North stations. Shuttles? Bikes? Unthinkable, one supposes. Except for so many for whom a short bike ride to the train could be a truly viable solution, if they only had a secure way to leave their bikes at the stations.

Westchester Biking and Walking Alliance is actively lobbying for secure bike storage at Metro-North stations throughout the County. Please join us in urging your municipal and County legislators to endorse this worthwhile project. And while you are at it, it would be worth your while to also express your opinion to Metro-North, and Region 8 of the New York State Department of Transportation.

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