For the love of riding the venerable and versatile Brompton!
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Well done Ken! Always the considerate and passionate advocate.
Here's what I emailed:
As the global trend of bicycle commuting grows (true here in Chicago as well), I’m very concerned that new Metra cars seem to ignore this fact. While I do appreciate that upgrades are being considered (wifi, fresh cars), it seems Metra has all but ignored bike riders. With many municipalities approaching infrastructure upgrades with a “Complete Streets” policy (giving priority to cars AND bicycles AND pedestrians), it’s rather disappointing that Metra appears to not notice — by upgrading cars that actually allow for LESS space for bicycles (including folding bikes)!
It would be shameful if one of the great pubic transportation systems in Chicago was evolving in an antithetical way to current trends. Please don’t be caught behind.
Hey Brompton Metra riders -
Have you noticed that the rehabbed Metra cars have eliminated the few good spots to stash our bikes? I encourage everyone to provide feedback to Metra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's what I wrote:
New rolling stock and bicycle accommodations - Given the increasing number of us who bring (or want to bring) our bikes (folding and regular) on the train with us, it's disappointing that the rehabilitated Metra train cars incorporate no creating ways to provide for bike storage. Right now, without a doubt, people with bikes are second-class citizens on Metra, not allowed on most trains and never particularly well accommodated. I am sure that more creative thinking could have led to Metra finding some spaces where bicycles could conveniently be stored — even on rush hour trains. I myself bring a folding bike (Brompton) on to rush hour trains, which is permitted. The best slots to put these are at the end of the car, between the trash can and the first jump seat, and then at the end of the jumpseat rows, where the forward-facing seats begin. The new rolling stock has effectively eliminated these spaces, due to the different placement of the trash cans and the fact that the forward-facing seats no longer reverse direction.
I appreciate that Metra is upgrading its cars, but it is going in the wrong direction with respect to the worldwide trends in bike commuting. I would rather see innovation effort put here than on WiFi.
Thank you for hearing my views.
Radical makes nicely-designed high-quality transport accessories. That one should work for you even though you can't roll it along.But pray tell what unenlightened building is involved (if you can do so safely.)
The folks at One North Wacker freaked out several years ago when I brought my B into their precious lobby and folded it at the security desk while checking in, ready to get in an elevator and meet someone upstairs. I left and phoned the VP I was meeting and had him come downstairs and meet me outside the building. But even there I think they have a bike room accessible via a freight elevator.
Thank you both, Marcus and Melissa - I bit the bullet and ordered this bag today. I need something to bring it into my current work building that completely covers it - bikes - even folding ones - are not allowed inside. :\
While I would only suggest the very cheap blue Ikea bag (not sure if they're still available), my other thought is ask the question to the avid Brompton riders group on Yahoo Groups.
Hey Brompton people! I'm looking for a transport bag for my bike that isn't super expensive. I have the IKEA DIMPA clear bag, but would prefer something not so see-through. So a) Is anyone selling a bag used? and b) if you have leads on an aftermarket bag you've used and recommend, please let me know!
Saturday Botanic Garden Ride! (weather permitting)Let's meet at the compass on the head of the North Shore Channel Trail(near Lawrence & Foster) at 10am. It's a hair over 16 miles each way, so if you want to ride the Metra back, bring some cash. Google Maps route is here:https://goo.gl/maps/rj74Vu5kXt62Ride with GPS route is here:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24701880
So far, it's Sera and I, but anyone is welcome to join!
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