Multi-Modal Travel

Boarding a train with a Brompton

The ability to easily access different modes of transportation during a single trip, whether for a day trip or transcontinental journey, is increasingly important to cyclists.

Airlines

Expensive baggage fees are often a reality for cyclists traveling with their bicycles. Travel Initiatives is dedicated to working cooperatively with airlines and airports to reduce baggage fees and increase bicycle facilities in airports such as supplying cardboard bicycle travel boxes, bicycle-specific secure parking, tools, and workbenches. See our How to Department for information on boxing and shipping your bicycle.

Trains

Travel Initiatives promotes easy and accessible bicycle train travel.

Amtrak Bicycle Accommodations Spreadsheet

Amtrak provides some limited bicycle accommodations. To find out what is possible, see our Amtrak bicycle-accommodations spreadsheet (XLSX) and its instructions (PDF) to find every Amtrak line and station that offers baggage service for boxed bikes and every line that has roll-on bicycle service. Since it is a spreadsheet you can sort to find every station in a state, every station with baggage service, and every line with roll-on service. This information is also contained in Amtrak's timetable, but the timetable can't be sorted.

Train Routes + Bike Routes Map Tool 

Adventure Cycling has created another new tool to help bicycle travelers plan their tours. Our interactive map now displays an overlay of the entire Amtrak route system over the Adventure Cycling Route Network, with a description of the type of bicycle accommodations offered on each line. Click on the button to see the connections between Adventure Cycling routes and Amtrak routes, and visit the Amtrak website to find out more about specific routes, fares, and accommodations. 

Amtrak Bicycle Task Force

Roll-on bicycle service expands bicycle touring options across the country, allowing cyclists to reach their starting or ending destinations more easily and efficiently. Adventure Cycling partnered with Amtrak, the Virginia Bicycle Federation and other partners to create a Bicycle Task Force which is currently working on two pilot projects to develop roll-on service in the Northeastern corridor. These pilot projects will help to identify how bicycle roll-on service could be incorporated into the entire Amtrak system. Read about the latest developments with Amtrak on the Adventure Cycling blog.

Motor Carriers

Travel Initiatives plans to work with various forms of motor carriers and bus operators including municipal transit, bus lines, and rental car agencies. The goal is to accommodate traveling cyclists and increase the amount of bike racks that can be provided to quickly and easily move in between modes of transportation.

Photo courtesy of Path Less Pedaled