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A Bike Rider's Guide to Capitol Corridor

All trains on the Capitol Corridor are equipped with a limited number of bicycle racks, allowing you to bring your bike onboard as unboxed, carry-on baggage. It's an easy and convenient way to take your bike with you, and you can explore Northern California without ever getting in your car.

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Capitol Corridor and Bicycles

In order to keep your trip a safe experience, the Capitol Corridor is already underway with steps to improve bicycling access. Bicycle storage space on board Capitol Corridor trains is limited by the design and availability of equipment, and the increase in both bicycle usage and overall ridership is constraining our capacity to safely accommodate so many bicycles. Safety, in this instance, is not just a viewpoint; it is mandated via compliance with basic operations standards as regulated by federal law. CCJPA has been trying to ensure that Amtrak can provide as many bicycle spaces on each train as possible, and the good news is that these changes are making a difference, but due to the way the train equipment rotates through operations, we can't ensure every train is optimized every day for maximal bicycle storage. But things are changing! There are steps past, present, and future coming to Capitol Corridor service that will make a significant improvement in bicycling capacity and provide more bicycling options with Capitol Corridor service.

You can stay updated about bicycle-related items by signing up for our E-Updates CC Rail Mail e-newsletterto be alerted about this and other service and policy updates. You can also stay updated via CCJPA's Bicycle Blog.

Bicycle Access Program

The CCJPA has developed a draft Bicycle Access Plan and we are seeking your review and comments about this draft of the plan. You will find a link to download a PDF of this plan here . In this draft plan are all the on-train and at-station bicycle focussed actions already underway or in the planning or conceptual stages at this time. There are some exciting developments planned but also there will have to be a transition to full enforcement of safely stored and secured bicycles. We are seeking your comments on this plan through January 15, 2013 and will ask the CCJPA Board to adopt it in final form in February 2013.

Please submit any written comments you may have either via email to: jim@capitolcorridor.org
Or yu can mail in your comments to CCJPA at this address:
Attention: Bicycle Plan Comments
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
300 Lakeside Drive, 14th Floor East
Oakland, CA 94612

Bicycle Access at Present

Please be aware that as we transition toward full plan implementation, including enforcement for properly stored and secured bicycles, demand for bicycle storage on some trains can be very high and space will become limited. Under the current and new Bicycle Access Program, the conductor has the right to and may refuse to board a bicycle if she/he is concerned that the bicycle cannot be safely stored on board the train that day. If you have concerns about being able to successfully board a Capitol Corridor train with your bicycle on a consistent basis, many of the measures you can take are in your control.

As always, we will announce the revised guidelines effective date on this web site and through our Capitol Corridor communication channels-please sign up for our E-UpdatesCC Rail Mail e-newsletter to be alerted about this and other service and policy updates.

Additionally, you can also stay updated via CCJPA's Bicycle Blog. This page will be updated by CCJPA staff and focus on bikes aboard trains and how it affects Capitol Corridor service.

Rack Locations

You can find bicycle racks on the lower level of most coach cars. If all racks are full, notify the conductor. The conductor will do his/her best to identify a place for you to safely secure your bike. Please carry a bungee cord with you, to use in securing your bike.

Please be aware that demand for bicycle storage on some trains can be very high and space will become limited. Under the current and new Bicycle Access Program, the conductor has the right to and may refuse to board a bicycle if she/he is concerned that the bicycle cannot be safely stored on board the train that day. If you have concerns about being able to successfully board a Capitol Corridor train with your bicycle on a consistent basis, please read through all the information presented on this webpage.

Securing Your Bike

  1. Standing behind the bike, pull the handlebars up to stand the bike vertically.
  2. Guide the front wheel onto the hook on the wall. You may have to lift the bike up a few inches.
  3. For a more secure fastening, lower the stabilization bar next to the front wheel and wrap the Velcro strap around the forks. You can also lock your bicycle through the stabilization bar.
  4. If bicycle hooks are blocked by baggage, leave the bike adjacent to the baggage, not blocking an aisle and ask for the conductor's assistance.
  5. If you board/off-board at Berkeley, please try to use cars #2 and #4 for your bicycle storage, if space is available. Conversely, if you do not utilize the Berkeley station, please try to store your bicycle in cars other than #2 and #4.

Bike Racks Full?

During peak travel times, bike racks can fill up quickly on busy trains. If the bike racks are full, follow the instructions of the train crew on where to place and secure your bicycle with a bungee cord so that it won't impede the flow of all traffic in the lower levels. Thank you for your cooperation.

Folding Bikes

A folding bicycle may be your best option of consistently guaranteeing that you'll be able to bring your bicycle on board. A folding bicycle can be treated as luggage and stored in the luggage rack areas of the train. If the train is crowded, and the bicycle racks are full, a folded bicycle can ensure that you have a usable bicycle on both ends of your trip.

Folding Scooters/Skateboards

Falling somewhere between walking and bicycling, kick- or battery-powered (gas-powered motors are not allowed aboard the train) scooters or skateboards can be an ideal "last mile" travel companion. Used on both ends or on one end of your train trip, the convenience of a scooter or skateboard is a handy alternative to using a bicycle on the train and the fact that they store away nicely is a bonus.

Bikes on Motorcoach Buses

Most motorcoach buses can accommodate a limited number of bicycles. Storage is underneath the motorcoach in the luggage compartment and some buses also have front-of-bus racks. Similar to bicycle access on the trains, passengers must load and unload their bikes.

Bikes on board

Capitol Corridor Bicycle Access Program Revisions

Federal passenger train regulations apply to bicycles on board trains as follows:

Bicycles Must be Stored Securely

Securing a bicycle means it must be attached to designated mounted infrastructure with a sufficiently robust restraining device to prevent the bicycle from flying through the air in the event of a sudden stop. All bicycles must be secured; this is not an issue that can be discussed or debated with the conductor. Bicycles secured in a loose, flimsy or inappropriate manner, as deemed by the conductor, will not be permitted.

How to Secure Your Bike:

You can use bicycle locks, bungee cords, or other restraining devices that can be affixed tightly to mounted infrastructure on the train. Bungee cords are sold in the Café Car (for an affordable cost) if you did not bring a device of your own.

The hanging bicycle storage areas typically have Velcro straps on the black stabilizing bars, which can be used as long as the straps tightly restrain the bicycle. Some of the stabilizing bars may be missing Velcro straps due to en-route damage, but these will be replaced as they go through the maintenance cycle. If the strap is not present, you must use another restraining device such as a bungee cord, to secure your bike.

Please bear in mind that the conductor will ultimately judge whether or not a bicycle is properly secured.

Bicycles Must be Stored Out of Aisle Areas

If you bring your bike on board, you must secure it in a designated bike storage area. Bicycles may not be stored in restrooms. If the bike rack spaces are full, please carefully put your bike between other bikes in the floor-mounted bike racks or in an area where it can be 1.) secured; and, 2.) out of the aisles and walkways. Bicycles cannot impede or block the aisles or walkways. All aisles and walkways must provide sufficient space for free movement of passengers with or without a wheelchair or walker. If the conductor feels the walkways are impeded, the bicycle owner must relocate the bicycle to another suitable storage space on the train or take another train that has sufficient storage space.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in keeping Capitol Corridor a safe mode of transit for all.

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