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    The bike car is awesome!  Down here in San Diego the commuter train has certain cars that will accomadate up to 4 bikes/car - usually 3 cars like this.  Unfortunately there are usually stroller parked there.  Fortunately the conductors are getting less vigilant about making you put your bike in a holder.  I don't use the train for commuting just as part of a bike ride so I imagine during commute hours they are not as accomadating.  The bike issue is AMTRAK; we've had bike trips planned where you hop the train in San Diego, take it up to San Luis Obispo and ride back (4 days journey or so) and have been unable to hop the train because the bike spaces were filled and they wouldn't put the bike in the baggage car without a box, plus friends were nervous about carbon fiber bikes in unattended baggage cars.  AMTRAK needs a coherent and universal bike policy.

    Loved looking at your pictures.  Thanks for the diary and for letting me rant a little.

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      Great to hear that it's at least possible to take your bike on the train in San Diego, even though there's room for improvement.

      As far as Amtrak, a coherent and universal bike policy really seems to be in order for them, especially on the shorter routes. If there's even the slightest chance that you may not be able to take your bike on the train on any given day or train, it pretty much defeats the whole purpose. Nothing worse that getting punished for riding your bike by not being let on the train.

      You don’t want to be victimized by your lesser talents. - Gary Snyder

      by citisven on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:58:15 AM PST

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