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Bike Train Offers Cyclists Easy Access on Trains

Last year we told you all about the Bike Train Initiative in Bicycle Choo Choo. Each year the folks at the Bike Train Initiative work with VIA Rail to expand the number of train routes that allow cyclists to travel with their bikes.

I was reminded of the need for more Bike Trains in September, when I hooked up with a few of the Kyoto Pedal For The Planet cyclists in Ottawa. Riders had come from Toronto and Montreal, and others had cycled all summer from as far away as Victoria, Regina, and Whitehorse to Canada’s capital where they congregated with other cyclists on Parliament Hill. There they held a rally to promote responsible, achievable goals and action for climate change.

After their long journey by bike, many of the cyclists planned to return home by train but that posed a problem. For most destinations, VIA Rail does not allow bicycle transport. Many had to take the bus. The Bike Train Initiative is committed to changing that.

This year they’ve expanded their service again. Here is their latest announcement. —LS

The Bike Train Initiative has introduced bike racks onboard select VIA Rail trains, making it easy for you to travel with your bike or enjoy a cycling getaway. The Toronto – Niagara Falls route has been extended into October. Join us Oct 16-18 for a cycling weekend in Niagara, $62 return including passenger ticket and bike transport. Packages with accommodations are available.

In addition to Niagara, daily Bike Train service has begun between Montreal and Toronto. 6 bikes racks are available on each departure. There are two Bike Trains daily on weekdays in each direction, and one each direction on Saturdays and Sundays. The service runs until October 8, 2009. No boxing or dissassembly of bikes required!

Tickets must be bought through the Bike Train website. Space is limited, buy tickets at www.biketrain.ca or by phone 416-338-5083 in Toronto or 1-866-333-4491 toll free Canada/USA.

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