Could Amtrak be more bike friendly?

The bike parking area at D.C.’s Union Station. (John Lisle – DDOT

Cyclists across the country and a group of New York lawmakers think so. According to the DCStreets Blog, New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D) is among those asking the railway to find ways to better accommodate bicycles on its trains.

Currently, accommodations for fully assembled bikes are only available on a limited number of routes. Reservations must be made in advance and space is quite limited. In other instances, for $10, cyclists can check their bicycle in (as they would a piece of luggage) but it must be in a bicycle container. Amtrak sells bicycle boxes for $15 per box. Passengers may also supply their own bicycle container.

Amtrak passengers may bring folding bikes on board as long as they meet certain requirements.

Read more about the push to make Amtrak more bike friendly here.