Starting on September 1, citizens may bring their bicycles onto the Seoul Subway Line 7 not only on weekends, but also on weekdays.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government expects that connectivity between bicycling and other means of transportation will be reinforced as the pilot operation of taxis with bicycle racks started in July, bicycles are allowed on Subway Line 7 on weekdays, and the pilot operation of transporting bicycles by the intra-city buses will begin in September.
For two months, from September 1 to October 31, the pilot operation of “bicycles on the subway on weekdays” will be conducted in full swing.
To prevent congestion, bicycles are permitted between 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., avoiding the rush hours. Those who carry on their bicycles may use the first or last car where bicycle racks are installed or where there is room to keep the bicycles. This being said, those who carry foldable bicycles that take up very little room may board any car at any time, regardless of the day and line.
|▲ Car with bicycle racks||▲ Ordinary car with room to carry bicycles|
More specifically, the “pilot bicycle-carrying project on weekdays” will be in operation between Sangbong and Chuncheon (Gyeongchun Line, Korail) so passengers can take the subway from Seoul to Chuncheon with their bicycles.
Before the pilot began operation in full swing, the SMG renovated the facilities of six major stations, including Daerim Station and Isu Station, to minimize the inconvenience of subway users. Slopes for bicycles were installed so that bicyclists could bring their bicycles up and down the stairs with ease, and direction boards with pictures were installed to thoroughly separate the movement of bicyclists and ordinary passengers.
|▲ Inside the station (left), sign on pole outside (middle), direction board with picture on the train for bicycle boarding (right)|
|▲ Slopes for bicycles installed in stations (Line 7)|
Additionally, the subway lines and hours of the pilot operation are announced through posters and announcements in subway stations. Information on the exits with bicycle slopes and the locations of transfer parking lots will be announced through the official app and website of Seoul Metro to minimize confusion.
After the pilot operation, the Seoul Metro will expand the “bicycles on the subway on weekdays” to other subway lines after collecting the opinions of citizens, including subway users, and consulting with other subway operators. The SMG began pursuing the construction of a “bicycle-friendly city” from various aspects even before the COVID-19 pandemic as the bicycle emerged as a means of transportation in daily life.
The SMG announced the “CRT Major Network Construction Plan,” which aims to build main bicycle lanes that link all areas of the city in June. One of the core strategies is to let people carry their bicycles on public transportation, and the city is seeking various ways to actualize the plan.
The SMG will extend the bicycle lanes as much as possible in consideration of the existing conditions of the roads while connecting the other sections the public transportation. In July, the SMG collaborated with Macaron Taxi to start the pilot operation of “taxis embracing bicycles” by operating ten eco-friendly, electric taxis equipped with a bicycle rack. The pilot operation of buses that carry bicycles will begin in September.
▲ S-TRAIN in Copenhagen, Denmark (Source: State of Green)