7 comments


  • Terry Bradley

    Thank you Russ & Laura for doing this.

    April 07, 2011
  • chad McQueen

    I support bikes on trains. Sure its a bit slower but as a cycleist isn’t the journey just as important as the final destination? Allowing bikes on and off at all stops not just baggage stops would increase access and in turn riders, and revenue. We travel by rail to relax and meet new people, avoid the headaches of air travel and body searches.

    April 07, 2011
  • Not all American trains are slow. The Acela does New York to Washington in 2 hours 48 minutes, which is an average of 130 km/h (81 mph). Top speed is 240 km/h (150 mph).

    If you can show up 10 minutes before departure, a combination of train + bike can be very competitive, timewise. And it’s not stressful just because it’s fast.

    Having said that, the meaning of life is not getting from A to B as fast as possible! :)

    April 12, 2011
  • [...] Results of our Train and Bike Survey | The Path Less Pedaled [...]

    April 10, 2012
  • Gary

    You can make a train/bicycle trip easier if you own a fast folding bicycle like a “Bicycle Friday Tikit” or a “Bromley” then instead of baggage, it becomes “carry on” Which for a commuter makes up for the hassle of riding a small wheeled bicycle.

    April 10, 2012
  • When we were looking to book train travel we faced the idea of leaving our bicycles behind (b/c we couldn’t box them up, as they were our mode to get to the station, etc). Then realized we were going to have to leave our children (b/c we couldn’t rent child friendly wheels at the destination). In the end, we decided we would have to leave them both b/c of not being able to bring our family bike set up, and not being able to rent a family bike set up. Amtrak could have solved these problems with one seemingly simple policy change. Of course rental shops/bike shares could add family options too. Thanks for the survey, the post, and the continued advocacy.

    September 23, 2012
  • Thanks for all this. My wife and I usually do an organized tour in the summer we end up driving to. But are we inspired by your stories to consider a bike/train trip. The things that hold us back are:
    Do we really want to buy folding bikes? That’s a lot of cash, when we have bikes we love already.
    Things seem to go wrong too often when you let other people handle bikes as luggage. A broken/lost/refused bike would pretty much destroy our trip.
    If we could wheel our bikes onto a train and head out we’d be all over it.
    Thanks again for your wonderful website.

    August 05, 2013

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