Induced demand, again.

October 10, 2014

Add 100 more spaces of bicycle parking at the Alewife MBTA station, and what happens? 100 more bikes show up. And they’re not just abandoned — bikes get tagged and then removed after 14 days.

Arlington-side cage:
Arlington-side bike cage

Cambridge-side cage:
Cambridge-side bike cage

Old unprotected parking:

More old unprotected parking:
Bikes parked next to bus way.

Unprotected parking near the Arlington cage:
Directly in front of Arlington-side cage.

A railing:
Bikes parked on railing between bus way and commuter pick-up

East entrance:

And the new cage, pretty much full already:
New bike cage in commuter pickup area.

3 Responses to “Induced demand, again.”

  1. jqr10001 Says:

    Wow, this is quite impressive. I remember when the Alewife station was built, and I always think it’s at the end of the world, but I guess all those bicycles represent people coming from further away.

  2. anon Says:

    Bikes get tagged, but then no removal happens. There are currently bikes on Alewife racks with tags dated from July.

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