Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bikes Plus Transit

While walking and bicycling are great ways to get around and are the means by which Christine and I do most of our travel, we often use some of our region's mass transit options to extend our horizons. Bainbridge Island is lovely, and while paddle bikes exist, it makes a lot more sense for us to take the Washington State Ferry when we want to go there. And while I've bicycled from the Seattle to Portland on several occasions, Amtrak provides a quick and civilized connection between these two cities. Within the Puget Sound area there are a range of options for using the bus, train or ferry system in combination with a bicycle to make long commutes or other adventures fun and practical.

If you've never taken your bike on a train, bus or ferry before, you may be wondering how it all works. Here are a few links to pages that explain the mechanics of bringing your bike with you on some of various systems:

As with many things, the first time doing something may be the hardest, but in general the systems are quite easy to use. The bicycle is a great machine for getting out in the world. Combining the bike with some of our region's mass transit options can bring more of that world within reach.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah WA USA

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