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Old 09-20-10, 12:34 AM   #1
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Folding Bike in Trains?

Hi All!

I am just wondering if it is allowed to bring a folding in trains, especially in Hong Kong?
This is where I am living now. I couldn't find any information on the Internet so far and don't want to show up at the station and being rejected.

How about other cities?

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Old 09-20-10, 05:30 AM   #2
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I bring mine every week on the Washington, DC Metro train. Only folders are allowed during rush hour (7-10:00am and 4-7:00pm M-F). Your system may vary in Hong Kong but in general folders are welcome in folded mode.
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Go speak with these folks to find out.
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I think it varies from country to country and city to city. In Manchester UK where I live you can take folding bikes on most trains, the biggest issue being passengers who complain anyway (so look at different folds available) but you can't take them on the tram. Go figure.
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Old 09-20-10, 03:53 PM   #5
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If you're in Hong Kong already, why not call or stop by the train station to ask--or ask a native? Surely you have some local contacts?
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I believe they have specific size, they have a painted square in the floor, if it fits, you are fine, also it has to be covered by something, I heard of someone taking his t-shirt off when he got threatened with a fine, but a bin bag does the same job
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it works in Boston. in fact I was wheeling down the platform when one of the conductors yelled "hey buddy, no bikes during rush hour" at which point I folded the Swift (takes 3-5 seconds). he smiled and waved me on
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it works in Boston. in fact I was wheeling down the platform when one of the conductors yelled "hey buddy, no bikes during rush hour" at which point I folded the Swift (takes 3-5 seconds). he smiled and waved me on
matlinm, is there any requirement on the T that folding bikes be bagged? I was in Boston two years ago waiting for an above-ground Green Line trolley with my bike all folded and ready to go, and the conductor told me that normally folding bikes are supposed to be bagged. After radioing some superior for approval, she let me on board.
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I've never been asked to bag my bike. here is the rule:


FOLDING BIKES
Allowed on all MBTA vehicles including Subway, Green Line, Commuter Rail, Ferries and buses, at any time when folded. Carrying cases are not required. (for more information on folding bikes contact MassBike)

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New York & New Jersey's public train and system allows folding bikes!

http://www.mta.info/bike/

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NYC Transit Bus, MTA Bus and Long Island Bus
Folding bicycles are permitted aboard local and limited buses at all times. Please fold your bike before boarding and don’t block the aisle or doors. Folding bikes are not allowed on express buses. All other bicycles are prohibited.
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mtalin, that's good to know about the T--perhaps there's been a clarification or change in policy since that incident.

ChainlessRev, I take my folder on board the NYC subway all the time, including rush hours. I once tried to take a folder onto a full bus and they let me on board, but it was extremely awkward lugging it up the steps, and letting people go by (bus aisles are narrow!). They really need to put front racks on the buses.
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Front racks would be nice. Or have racks inside the bus similar to the ones used for storing luggages in airport shuttle buses.
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mtalin, that's good to know about the T--perhaps there's been a clarification or change in policy since that incident.

ChainlessRev, I take my folder on board the NYC subway all the time, including rush hours. I once tried to take a folder onto a full bus and they let me on board, but it was extremely awkward lugging it up the steps, and letting people go by (bus aisles are narrow!). They really need to put front racks on the buses.
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Front racks would be nice. Or have racks inside the bus similar to the ones used for storing luggages in airport shuttle buses.
Biggest problem I have encountered with front mount racks is that they only hold 2 bikes and if they are full you are screwed, even if the bus is mostly empty. Very compact fold bikes are the way to go, I agree that it would be nice to have a storage section on the bus for folders.

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I find the easiest bikes to take during a busy rush hour is the strida, brompton and bike fridays. mostly because they are easily maneuverable in one hand during the hustle and bustle of rush hour plus you can easily stand around with it on a bus without hitting anyone much. You guys can say the Abike or carry me is even easier but it's not a common thing around north america and your ride quality suffers greatly with those tiny wheels with the roads we have here.
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In Phoenix, our Metro has these vertical hanging slots in the center of the train car (4 slots per car) which can be a real pain to use. Hoisting up the bike, especially during rush hour or events results in frustrations. I usually just fold up the bike and store it under a seat or even sit on it.
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