While I was researching a new post for my blog on the Southern California based MTA transit, I came across this transcript of a recent chat on their offical Website. Here is the question as it appeared on screen:
Question: Why were the trains not built with a way to carry bicycles other than folding bikes? Is there a way to retrofit? My husband would gladly bike to a train station, but what is he supposed to do at the other end of the train ride, when his bike is back at his destination? Frankly, it seems discriminatory to put cyclists in a position where they need to buy a special vehicle to ride the train. Are there plans to address this?
Answer: Metro trains and buses accommodate standard bicycles. Bikes are welcome on trains any time except during weekday morning and afternoon rush house (trains are too crowded with people then)...bikes can be taken aboard any time on weekends and many train stations have bike lockers. Almost all of Metro's buses have bike racks (that can carry 2 bikes). For more info you can call 213-922-2660. Hope you'll try taking your bike on Metro!
Do you think that her concern was valid? Is the purchase and the use of a folding bike justified even if she feels "discriminated against" because she (or rather her husband) seems to be indirectly pressured to buy a folding bike? Is she even aware of the many more advantages of usage of a folding bike on a increasing crowded trains?
Hi Folder Fanatic
THX for sharing. hmhm, she is obviously not knowing the virtues of folders. I still think she has a point. Given that biking will become more common, that biking is a perfect completion to rail and bus travel, it should be much easier to take any bike any time to public transport. I hope it will when demand is bigger and I fear that we will see charge for folders.