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Old 09-05-10, 09:58 PM   #1
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Bike allowed on subway trains?

Bikes can be carried on the subway trains in NYC. What about other states? What about other countries? In particular, Europe? I would really like to know. (also what about other trains, not underground?)
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Outside peak hours you can take your bike on the trains in Bris-Vegas. They are commuter trains above ground and sometimes underground.
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Bikes are allowed on subways in Vienna, except during rush hour, and you have to buy an extra ticket for your bike; it's not allowed on buses and trams because there's not enough space (imo it's annoying on subways too, but whatever).
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Bikes OK on light rail and buses in the Portland Metro Area. There are hooks to hang bikes from on the light rail. Buses have racks on front.

Bikes OK on Amtrak Cascades for $5 additional. Bike rack in the baggage car. Must have room for about 10 bikes.
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No problem for my bagged folding bike
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Bicycles are allowed on trains in Australia ... just preferably not at peak hours. I've taken my bicycle on various trains here.

Bicycles are allowed on trains in France. They are allowed on all the slower trains, I believe, and on some of the fast trains (TGV). If you are going to take your bicycle on a TGV, you will need to book ahead and buy a ticket for it.

Bicycles are allowed on trains in the UK, and again preferably not a peak hours.

Bicycles are allowed on Amtrak trains, but you might have to box the bicycle, and you cannot load and unload the bicycle at every station, so you've got to check in advance whether or not your stop will allow you to get your bicycle on or off the train.

Bicycles are allowed on trains in Canada, but I believe they are not allowed at peak hours.

I have taken my bicycle on trains in all the above mentioned countries with the exception of Canada, despite the fact that I spent most of my life living in Canada.


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Allowed on three of four subway lines during off-peak hours in Boston; not on the Green Line. Also allowed on Commuter Rail lines during off-peak hours, much to my commuting benefit.

There is no extra charge.
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Finland

- long distance trains: OK, limited places, book in advance, small fee
- long distance high speed trains ("Pendolino"): NOT OK
- commuter trains: OK, free, off peak hours only

- long distance buses: OK, small fee
- local transit buses: NOT OK, although this varies

- Helsinki underground: OK, free
- Helsinki trams: NOT OK

- ferries: OK, either free or extra charge, depends

All these for normal non-folding bike. You can always pack a folder in its bag, which makes it your luggage and pretty much nobody's business. Except for air travel of course.

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In Atlanta, bikes are allowed on MARTA trains at all times. All buses have bike racks on the front.
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Allowed on three of four subway lines during off-peak hours in Boston; not on the Green Line. Also allowed on Commuter Rail lines during off-peak hours, much to my commuting benefit.

There is no extra charge.
Huh? I didn't realize they weren't allowed on the Green Line! FWIW here is a link to the MBTA page on bikes.

Jim,

I forgot you were in Boston! I was up there for several days a couple of weeks ago and had a blast. Stayed out in Revere and rode the T everywhere (Coolidge Corners, JP, Government Center...). From my observations I would not use a full sized bike on the T, I would definitely spend the money for a good folder if I were riding regularly.

In my area, no subway or commuter rail, buses only run on the half hour or so, they do have bike racks but they are usually full.

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I forgot you were in Boston! I was up there for several days a couple of weeks ago and had a blast. Stayed out in Revere and rode the T everywhere (Coolidge Corners, JP, Government Center...). From my observations I would not use a full sized bike on the T, I would definitely spend the money for a good folder if I were riding regularly.

In my area, no subway or commuter rail, buses only run on the half hour or so, they do have bike racks but they are usually full.

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Hi Aaron,

Thanks for the reply. I'm pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit. Where is this "on the road" you post from? I have written a lot on BF about cycling in Boston, from touring the historic downtown to riding distances outside the city, and I'm glad to provide information, and even attempt to ride with visitors.

I live in Kenmore Square near all the areas you described. For getting around town I walk or use the (T) because I'm the type who doesn't even carry a lock since I just don't leave my bike unattended if I'm running errands, visiting etc. My cycling is for my year round outbound commute, and training rides out of the city.
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Hi Aaron,

Thanks for the reply. I'm pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit. Where is this "on the road" you post from? I have written a lot on BF about cycling in Boston, from touring the historic downtown to riding distances outside the city, and I'm glad to provide information, and even attempt to ride with visitors.

I live in Kenmore Square near all the areas you described. For getting around town I walk or use the (T) because I'm the type who doesn't even carry a lock since I just don't leave my bike unattended if I'm running errands, visiting etc. My cycling is for my year round outbound commute, and training rides out of the city.
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I literally live on the road. My job keeps me traveling. I spent 285 days away from home last year. I work heavy construction and am seldom on a single site for more than 3 months at a time. Right now I am home in NC, but heading out on Tuesday for a month or so in Lancaster, PA. Yes, I am taking a bike. Rumor has it the next job will be in the sticks, Big Island, VA.

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Bicycles are allowed on trains in France. They are allowed on all the slower trains, I believe, and on some of the fast trains (TGV). If you are going to take your bicycle on a TGV, you will need to book ahead and buy a ticket for it.

Why do you ask?
So it's OK in the Metro in Paris, too? I never saw one when I was there, but there are also so many steep stairs there!

Why, because it will be so nice and convenient when traveling and rent a bike to go everywhere (although, I agree it's annoying to other passengers if the train is not too empty, plus you have to carry them over the stairs)

Thanks for all the information!
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I was gonna suggest looking up the city's transit sites before visiting, but I guess not all of them are that informative. I'm really surprised, I guess I'm spoiled from being in "bikey" towns.

Seattle, Portland and SF transit sites have fairly easy to find bike info on their sites, but I checked out Lawrence, KS and Paris, France (the English part of the site) and they don't seem to mention bikes at all, at least not in an easy to find location.
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So it's OK in the Metro in Paris, too? I never saw one when I was there, but there are also so many steep stairs there!
Bicycles are not allowed on the Métro in Paris, except on line 1, on Sundays and holidays, before 4:30 p.m. (Source: http://www.ratp.info/orienter/reglement.php#bicyclettes.)

They are allowed in the RER (the suburban commuter train system), except for weekdays 6:30-9:00 a.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m., i.e. they are not allowed during rush hours. I have used the RER to go to bike rides in the suburbs or to come home from them.

I don't know whether the rules are enforced against folding bicycles.
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The D.C. Metro prohibits bicycles during peak hours, 7:00 to 10:00 in the mornings and 4:00 to 7:00 in the afternoons. That being said they seem to cut a little bit of slack with the times depending on how busy the trains are and on what line you're trying to board or they just do it arbitrarily. I've had Metro employees help me get the bicycle through the turnstile at 8:45 AM for the Green line and then stop me another day at 9:30 AM trying to get on the Red line. Metro Bus has the two bike racks mounted on front and carries all the time.
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Here in Dallas-Fort Worth, they're allowed, with varying provisions for them, on both the DART trains and the Trinity Rail Express. The DART buses have bike racks on the front, but I've never used them.
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in chicago, we have bike racks on busses. bikes are allowed on trains most of the time. more info: http://www.transitchicago.com/riding..._and_ride.aspx
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