Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
26th November, 2008

Bikes on trains

train2s.jpgThe Taiwan Railway Administration has completed its evaluation of the test to allow bagged bikes on trains (Here is the previous post about the evaluation), and issued a press release with the new regulations on Oct 31 (pdf-file). It's all in Chinese, so here is a summary of the new regulations. Beginning on Nov 1, it is allowed to travel with a bike in a bike bag on the Ziqiang class express trains. The 13th car of these trains will be designated to travelers traveling with a bagged bike. That car is where the bike should be, and that's also the car where anyone traveling with a bike should sit. There is no mention of whether an extra fee will be charged for traveling with a bike, nor does it say whether it will be necessary ro reserve a seat. Furthermore, in the article I referred to in the previous post on this issue, TRA staff seemed to be planning to rebuild cars for the Juguang class express trains so that it would be possible to travel with bikes on those trains also, but as of now, the press release only mentions Ziqiang trains. It would be great if they would also allow travel on Juguang trains, because the overnight from Taipei to Taidong is a Juguang train. We used that a few times before the TRA started regulating this kind of travel because we could leave late Sunday night, save a night of hotel cost and have a full couple days of riding. Now we'll have to take a day off work for traveling time if we want to do the same thing since we have to leave earlier in the day. But hopefully Juguang trains will be added since the TRA Mechanical Engineering Department said in August that it would need more time to adapt Juguang cars to fit the new regualtions. This news is of course most interesting for travel along Taiwan's east coast, since on the west coast down to Gaoxiong, we simply get on the high speed train. A bit more expensive, but fast and completely hassle free. Technorati tags: , , , , , Swedish blogs about: , och

2 comments to Bikes on trains

  • Sorry for my ignorance but whats a bike bag?
    The other day they let me take my bike onto the Local train from Yilan City to Taipei Main Station. They made me buy a normal ticket for it and then had me ride in the last car with it just leaning up against the bench of seats at the back. Maybe it was because I rode the 6:55pm train and it never got very crowded, I don’t know.

  • tbv

    A bike bag is a bag that you put your bike in to be able to carry it more easily, and bring your bike as hand luggage in places were bikes aren’t allowed. Take the wheels of and put one on either side of the frame in the bag and hang it over your shoulder. Makes it possible to travel with your bike on the high speed rail, for example.
    Maybe your train wasn’t an express train, or maybe they’ve decided to not bother about the bags and just let people bring the bike as is. If that’s true, then that’s good news.