Re: [carfree_cities] Alternative to AutoTrain
> Todd Edelman wrote:TODD: Well, of course things realted to this are
> I would think it could also be useful or better to
> Amtrak or Post-trak or Evangelical Southern or
> CocaColaCarfreeExpress (or whatever possible new
> railway undertakings are called) riders FREE public
> transport passes and FREE bicycle rental in their
> destinations (if cities).
> That's really a great idea.
happening in some places and could happen easily in
In the USA the company Bikestation (.org) has
"intermodal services" (carshare, bikes, etc) including
bike rental at some locations at or in close proximity
to public transport or train stations. But the bike
part at least is mostly of use to commuters/"day
trippers" since vacationers would have standard
luggage... so in addition to the intermodal stations
other bikeshops/bike rentals will need to be involved
(so services are as close as possible to hotels).
In Germany people who hold a discount card "BahnCard"
also get a discount on bike rentals, at least through
Call a Bike (www.callabike.de) - watch the easy to
In regard to the possible part, I have already
approached both RailEurope (mentioned in previous
email) and Eurostar (high speed services between
London, Paris and Brussels) for adding some kind of
bike offer in addition to their free car OR discounts
on car rental. They have both responded and are
"considering" it. I will likely propose something more
formal in coordination with the bike-train person at
ECF (European Cyclists Federation).
There is also of course some cooperation between
airlines and trains in various parts of Europe at
least. One example is that Lufthansa and DB work
together to cut down on internal flights in Germany
(for example, some airports are directly on high speed
So, in the USA, if someone wanted to fly from San
Diego to Washington DC and then fly back from Boston
they could benefit from some kind of concrete
cooperation between national airlines operating
transcontientally AND rail services on the Northeast
Corridor. Is this happening already? It helps of
course if highspeed trains are in operation...
But rather than increasing airline travel our focus
should be on making the rail travel as good as
possible (even educational, regarding climate
change)... also remember what kind of experience the
New York subway must be for people who have never
taken public transport. (Dont get me wrong, I
generally like the subway there)
... and dont forget to reduce the need or desire for
all this mobility in the first place!!!
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