Taking your bike on the train can be daunting at first, but once you know the drill it can open up new possibilities for commuting and leisure.
Step 1: Call ahead Call the rail service's information line or visit their web site before your trip. Find out if there are any fees, restrictions, or requirements, such as getting a permit or making a reservation.
TIP: You may be required to pack your bike in a box. If so, make sure you label it clearly with your name and contact information.
Step 2: Plan your route Plan your route, including transfers, and note the travel times. Get the correct change for purchasing your fare.
TIP: Avoid traveling on the train with your bike during rush hour. Some rail lines prohibit travel with a bike during rush hours.
Step 3: Allow extra time Allow for an additional 5 to 10 minutes on short trips to get your bike past turnstiles and down elevators. For longer trips, arrive an hour before departure.
Step 4: Pay fare Purchase the fare for your trip, including fees for bringing your bike.
TIP: Some trains have designated doors for passengers travelling with bikes. Ask about this at the information desk.
Step 5: Stand on platform Stand with your bike on the platform behind the boarding line until the train comes to a stop. Wait for other passengers to exit and enter before boarding.
Step 6: Board Board the train with your bike. Stow it away from doors and aisles, in a position where it won't fall over. Hold onto your bike and something secure during the ride.
Step 7: Exit Let other passengers exit ahead of you when you reach your stop. Exit the train with your bike and follow signs to the appropriate station exit.
FACT: In 2009, Philadelphia had a higher percentage of bicycle commuters than any of the other 10 largest cities in the U.S.