More bikes on trains

| Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the news story “Cyclists test roll on/roll off service on Amtrak” (Oct. 16 and TribLIVE.com): As an avid cyclist who has traveled by train many times, I applaud Amtrak as it considers starting such a program.

This will increase the number of people using public transportation who wish to access bike trails and decrease congestion on our highways.

Not requiring cyclists to dismantle and box their bikes will reduce the burden placed on bicycle travelers.

Countless studies have shown bicyclists spend money in towns they bike through, an economic boon we should be encouraging.

According to a Rails-to-Trails Conservancy study, the average cyclist stopping to eat spends about $23 in Colorado, $18 in Ohio.

And let's not forget the health benefits of more active transportation.

For all of these reasons, Amtrak should not only adopt this program, but ramp it up quickly and make it accessible to many communities.

Ashley Hunt-Martorano

Medford, N.Y.

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