VIA and Folding Bikes

The problem:

VIA treats folding bicycles exactly as if they are carry-on luggage. This means they are subject to the 62″ linear dimension limit of a “large article”. Whoever drafted this regulation or decided it should apply seems never to have actually looked at folding bikes. Only two of the 18 models listed on meet this requirement, both with 16″ wheels.

Furthermore, counting a folding bike as baggage limits the passenger to just one other, “small personal article” of 17 x 6 x 13 inches, barely enough for a single pannier bag and certainly insufficient to even “credit-card tour” (staying in B&Bs), let alone camp.

If you’re interested in supporting a change in policy regarding Folding Bikes on Via Rail, please see the attached letter to VIA Rail.

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