A nice story was posted today on ZevWeb — Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s website — about a new Metro intern program to help explain the agency’s new bike policy to the public.
The Metro Board in April changed the agency’s policy to allow bikes on all Metro trains at all times, including rush hour. The interns are on the trains and talking to customers to explain where to put bikes (some seats are being removed from rail cars) as well as other big items that people carry aboard. Excerpt:
Enforcers they’re not. Rather, the train ambassadors’ role is to “catch people being good,” said Alice Tolar, a Metro transportation planning manager who is overseeing the program.
“If I see you standing with your bike in the appropriate area, I’m going to thank you for that…We’re also letting non-cyclists hear what’s going on,” she said.
The story is a good read — check it out. The interns will start visiting trains this coming Monday, July 11.