Linking to Transit

Bike lane curves out of the way of turning transit

Bicycling and walking are complementary to transit. Connections to transit stops are important for the usefulness of a transit network, so users must be able to access transit stops on foot and by bike. According to data collected from the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), Americans took 7.5 billion transit trips in 2009. According to American Community Survey (ACS) data collected between 2007 and 2011, transit captures an estimated 5.1 percent of all work trips in the U.S. In large cities, over 17 percent of commuters use transit.

Every transit rider is a pedestrian. Some riders have a short walk from a parking lot and others have a longer walk from their home, office, or commercial center. A bicycle-to-transit trip typically extends the catchment area of a bus stop or train station to two or three miles (AASHTO, 2012). Thus, it is critical that transit stops and their surrounding environments be safe and accessible for all users. Transportation officials and advocates are paying increasing attention to the “last mile” by conducting audits and improving routes leading to transit stops and stations so they are safer and more appealing for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Click the links below to learn about ways to improve access to transit, as well as considerations regarding transit planning and the design of transit stops:

  1. Access to Stations/Stops
  2. Transit Solutions for Bikes
  3. Transit Planning Resources

For more information, check out our case studies that discuss transit and other transit-related resources.