On Thursday morning I headed down to Union Station to see Metrolink’s latest Bike-Cars! These cars convert the bottom floor of the commuter train into a bike-corral on wheels, and can now hold up to 18 bicycles. The bicycles are laid horizontally and are secured with bungee chords to prevent jostling while the trains moving. You bring your bike on board, park it in one of the spaces, and move onto the upstairs seating area. Check out the above video for an interview with Mark Wier, a manager at Metrolink, and a mini-slideshow of the new cars. We applaud efforts like this, all modes of public transportation need to be as bike-friendly as possible! On Friday these cars went into circulation into the Metrolink network, so hopefully you’ll see them around. For train schedules and images of the train, continue reading!
Check here to see if your line features a Bike Car!
The following Metrolink trains will have one Bike Car per train set:
Line Trains Ventura County Line 100, 101,107, 110, 112, 121 Burbank-Bob Hope
902, 903, 910, 911 San Bernardino Line 304, 315 Riverside Line 405, 407, 408, 410 Orange County Line 602, 604, 605, 607, 640, 641, 642, 643, 644, 645, 684, 685 Inland Empire-
Orange County Line
802, 804, 806, 807, 811, 813
Here are the rules and regulations:
- Bikes must be safely secured within the bike storage area
- Bikes must never block aisles or doors
- Bicyclists must follow the conductor’s instructions to relocate or board an alternative car due to overcrowding and/or if space is needed for a passenger in a wheelchair
- Only single-rider bikes are allowed
- Battery-powered scooters and wheelchairs are permitted
- Folding bikes are allowed on the train and must be stored in the bike storage area
- Gas-powered vehicles
- Mopeds, motor, tandem and three-wheeled bikes
- Segways (except when used as a mobility device for a passenger with a disability)
- Riding bikes onboard the train or on the station platform
Violating the bike rules may result in removal from the train.
More information can be found at Metrolinks website.