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WillStewart
01-11-2011, 02:21 PM
I rode the Metro last night after 7pm next to someone with a folding bike. He said that folders were allowed anytime now without having to have a canvas bag. Since the website says otherwise, does anyone know the basis for his statement (i.e., is it correct)?

CCrew
01-11-2011, 02:45 PM
I rode the Metro last night after 7pm next to someone with a folding bike. He said that folders were allowed anytime now without having to have a canvas bag. Since the website says otherwise, does anyone know the basis for his statement (i.e., is it correct)?

He's correct. Metro has no restrictions on folders - not even a case requirement.

Bear suit while riding is allowed also :)

WillStewart
01-11-2011, 07:10 PM
http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/bike_ride/guidelines.cfm



"Folding bicycles and non-collapsible bicycles of all types that are folded or disassembled and enclosed in carrying bags, cases or boxes are deemed "luggage" items and are permitted inside railcars at all times. The carrying bags or cases must be made of a sturdy material such as canvas, nylon or leather-type materials."

Does anyone have any specific information on whether or not this rule has been changed?

CCrew
01-13-2011, 10:17 AM
http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/bike_ride/guidelines.cfm



Does anyone have any specific information on whether or not this rule has been changed?

Will, I don't think it's been changed, but I've never seen it enforced. Most folders when broken down it's difficult to tell what they are, and you're looking at a Metro operators judgement call to determine if it's a bike (which that guideline applies) or say an assisted mobility device (which it doesn't). You're also assuming that the average Metro employee is actually going to be motivated to care, much less check. Sad but true.

Justin Antos
01-18-2011, 03:01 PM
Will,
We very recently revamped the bicycle section of www.wmata.com (http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/bike_ride/). To answer your question, the rule has not changed. During peak periods, folding bikes should be encased. "Folded bicycles are allowed on Metrorail during all operational hours, but must remain folded and inside a carrying case or bag during weekday peak hours: 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m."

Hopefully this clears things up!

Justin Antos
Office of Long-Range Planning, WMATA