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.
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.
Travel Initiatives promotes easy and accessible bicycle train travel.
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.
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.
Roll-on bicycle service allows bicyclists to board their bikes themselves on and off of trains at any station (regardless of baggage service) without having to box them. Adventure Cycling partnered with Amtrak, the Virginia Bicycle Federation and other partners to create a Bicycle Task Force which is working to expand roll-on bicycle service. This service has succesfully launched on the Capitol Limited and Vermonter routes. Read about the latest developments with Amtrak on the Adventure Cycling blog.
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