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Under current rules, subway riders should
Give senior citizens and riders with disabilities priority when using the elevators.Great. Those people should have priority. The problem is the next rule
Cyclists are required to use elevators to access mezzanines and platforms. Escalators and stairs may not be used except when special requests (for emergency reasons) have been granted by Metro Station Managers, Metro Transit Police or city/county police or fire officials. Cyclists must allow other passengers to exit before placing bicycles in or taking bicycles out of the elevators. When it appears that a bicycle will cause an inconvenience or possible injury to other passengers, cyclists must wait for the next elevator. At all times in the Metrorail system, both wheels of any bicycle must be placed on the ground/floor and cyclists must not use Metro property such as, but not limited, to poles, seats, and doors to support their bicycles.Okay, great. That basically means cyclists are THIRD priority when it comes to elevators, and we have no other legal way out of the system. This is a huge problem, especially when elevators are more convenient than escalators - the elevators will always have other passengers on them and we are blocked out.
The solution is simple. Make cyclists second priority on the elevators. Tell other passengers that they must yield to cyclists, allowing cyclists to use the elevators as cyclists have no other legal way to exit and enter the system. Otherwise stations like Rosslyn will become unusable to cyclists (much like Ballston has become a difficult station).