Give Me BikeShare Reciprocity or Give Me Bike Racks

The more cities that adopt bike-share systems, the plainer the need for coordination between them.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr line sounds like a fantastic way to see the nation. Picture a Amtrak bike parkingbucolic ride through diverse landscapes connecting some of America’s best cities. Now, if I wanted to travel around by bicycle at either of those lovely destinations (or at stops along the way), I’d have some decisions to make. Do I go with Divvy, Chicago’s bikesharing program, which after a year of service now boasts 300 stations? Or with Bay Area Bike Share, a smaller service, but one with stations in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Jose?

The good, Amtrak announced that all its long-distance trains will feature baggage cars, which feature luggage racks that double as bike racks. By the end of the year, all 15 long-distance routes, including the Northeast Corridor, may have these cars. Which means no more messing with bike boxes.

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