February 8, 2017
True or False? You can bring your bike on Amtrak.
Well, it depends. Where do you want to get on and off? Some stations allow you to roll your bike right into the Amtrak railcar, and other stations don’t allow you to check your bike at all, even if it’s in a box. And that is the problem!
Adventure Cycling and Amtrak have teamed up to make it easier to bring your bike on the train. We need your help! Will you help by donating today to expand and simplify bikes on trains?
Three years ago, Amtrak came to us with the question, “How can we become more bike friendly?” As the bike travel experts, we had some ideas. In fact, we had so many ideas that we formed a “Bicycle Task Force” to solve some of the biggest barriers to bringing bikes on the train.
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True or False? Thanks to the Task Force, you can check your unboxed bike with a station master on 10 of 15 long-distance Amtrak routes.
False. You can use trainside check at all of Amtrak’s 15 long-distance routes.
True or False? Amtrak saw an increase of ridership when they opened the Vermonter and the Capitol Limited to carry-on service, meaning you can carry your bike right into the railcar.
True. 75% of the cyclists who brought their bikes on the Vermonter were new Amtrak riders.
True or False? Adventure Cycling is creating tools to help you find where Amtrak and our Adventure Cycling Route Network and the U.S. Bicycle Route System overlap, so you can discover endless rail-and-road possibilities!
True! We developed an interactive map that lets you overlay Amtrak routes with both Adventure Cycling Routes and U.S. Bicycle Routes.
True or False? You are the vital key to continue expanding our bike travel options.
True! The bike-travel advocacy train is moving, but without your support, our work with Amtrak will end and Amtrak will be a tangle of various stations with confusing bicycle options. Help expand Amtrak travel options and create a truly vibrant multi-modal transportation system by donating today!
Donate today and get a Greg Siple gift as a thank you:
$100-$299: U.S.-made wooden magnet with Greg Siple illustration
$300+: Reusable travel bag with Greg Siple illustration
Photo 1 courtesy of National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) | Photo 2 courtsey of Amtrak
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