We were there through the bitter season--the mud, the rain, the cold, the mid-afternoon sunsets. With dripping, grime-streaked rain gear covering our heels and neckties, we rode our rusting, filthy commuter bikes to the Caltrain station all through the winter, a sweaty, soggy bunch, smelling of mildew and Tri-Flow.
And now, with the arrival of the easy, sunny days of spring, you’ve joined us. And we’re happy to see you, really.
Wow, you guys have it good. I fortunately don't have to lug my bike on the train very much at all in Chicago, but doing so for commuting is basically impossible. Bikes aren't allowed at all on mass transit or commuter rail trains at rush hour. And with gas prices going up, ridership is increasing on transit, prompting the agencies to expand the list of train runs that don't allow bikes.
@Grundle: We yell at the newbies who don't have tags, throw their bikes off the trains, and give them swirlies in the onboard chemical toilets so, yeah, most people have destination tags.
&Eric: I think Caltrain was the first commuter rail line to allow bikes on board. There's a recognition that cyclists are among the more loyal Caltrain users, but the system also probably isn't utilized as much as Metra, allowing Caltrain this luxury.
...hey now...if you're gonna follow bikesgonewild methodology, yelling & swirlies are allowed but don't throw the bikes off the train...damn... ...threaten to give the bikes to "trips for kids" where good things can evolve...see if that doesn't wake 'em up...