14 May 2012

Choo Choo Cycling

Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin - Bike Cycle Bicycle - 2012 - 4525
In the late 1980's the Danish railways were at last forced to accept cycles in the trains. It proved an immediate success.

Today millions of people commute every year by combining train and cycling. And 13 of the busiest railway stations have repair shops to take care of your bike if needed.
Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin - Bike Cycle Bicycle - 2012 - 4425

Designing the bicycle cars was a challenge.  For the first few years cyclists and passengers had to struggle for the same tight space in front of the doors. Now there are dedicated cycle cars with flexible parking areas.
Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin - Bike Cycle Bicycle - 2012 - 4505

Since last year its been free to bring your bike on the train. Further increasing the number of people who combine cycle and train for their daily commute.
Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin - Bike Cycle Bicycle - 2012 - 4431

Today the Danish railways love their cyclists. The main challenge is to make sure that the train services are regular and punctual.
Copenhagen Bikehaven by Mellbin - Bike Cycle Bicycle - 2012 - 4416

Happy Cycling!


Courtnee said...

In Atlanta, cyclists can put their bikes in a space at the back of the train car that's fenced off. The only problem is that that area is also designated for people with luggage and strollers so sometimes people are already standing there with stuff you have to maneuver around.

Erik Sandblom said...

They were forced to do it? That's interesting. Across the water in Sweden, bicycles are only allowed on some/most regional and local trains. On the national trains they are prohibited. There's been talk of legislation.

Lovely post, great pictures!

Chanpart said...

I like all these Choo Choo Cycling.
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abbie said...

City trains in Manila, Philippines allow only foldable bikes on the last coach of every train. And would only accept 10 foldables per coach.

I wish our Philippine government would also allow, and to be put on law, the accepting of non-foldable bikes like bmx and those that look like yours and japan's. I got mine in a japan surplus near our neighborhood and i wanted to take it home with me via train.

Unknown said...

this is so cool! enjoy your cycling in that country!

Edward said...

Bicycles AND trains! This has to be my favourite post ever.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know anything about bicycles in Norge trains? I have to tickets with bicycle tickets for summer and third one without. There's not much to go, but I hope I will have a chance to put bicycle somewhere in that third train =)

Franz-Michael S. Mellbin said...

@openid Its best to check directly with the Norwegian Railways (NSB). They have info and a contact number here: http://www.nsb.no/on-board/taking-luggage-on-board-article37654-4345.html Good luck!

Erik Griswold said...

Choo choo? No, these S-trains are electric. And some of that power comes from wind.

Pensando la Bronca said...

Excelente !!

Kiwehtin said...

I remember asking you about this when you were here in Montreal last June.

Remembering that only commuter trains are really comparable to Danish service, our Montreal regional trains only allow four bikes per car in the middle of each car, with rush hour restrictions—and anywhere except for Central Station downtown, you have to climb up and down several steps by the doors at either end of each car and then wheel your bike down to the middle.
*sigh* again...