DETROIT—In some states, Amtrak riders bicycle to their respective stations, roll their bikes aboard and, upon arrival, ride them off to their destination. In others, riders can pack a disassembled bike, a bag of golf clubs or a gun as checked luggage.
Yet Michigan Amtrak routes lack checked luggage accommodations and feature museum-worthy trains with limited space. As a result, bicyclists, pistol-wielding or not, have to leave their bikes at home.
But after years of delays and hearsay, bikes onboard Michigan trains may soon finally be a reality, officials say.
Thomas C. Carper, chairman of the board for Amtrak, recently penned a cheery letter to the League of Michigan Bicyclists outlining bike-friendly developments to Michigan’s antiquated railroad cars.
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