Take the Train - Bring your Bike!
Avoid Soaring Gas prices this Summer with the Bike Train
TORONTO – When you take the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train this summer, you will save on gas, protect the environment and have fun too!
Launched in the summer of 2007, the award-winning Bike Train introduced bike racks on board select VIA Rail departures between Toronto and Niagara Falls, allowing passengers to explore the Greenbelt and the many scenic trails of Niagara and Toronto. Round-trip tickets for the Bike Train cost $59 including taxes and bike transport fees.
The Bike Train is a multi-modal service that encourages low impact tourism and healthy and active lifestyles. Thanks to overwhelmingly positive support, last year’s pilot project was a resounding success. And with three times as many departures scheduled for 2008, this year’s edition will keep all types of cyclists pedalling well into September.
For 2008, the Bike Train service schedule has been expanded:
· 27 round-trip departures between Toronto and Niagara Falls from June to September
· A St. Catharines stop has been added for a limited number of Niagara-bound passengers
· Organizers anticipate more than 500 cyclists will travel on the Bike Train this summer
· Bike racks installed on board a baggage car provide transport for 56 bikes per departure
“The Bike Train is a fantastic program. I encourage everyone to use sustainable transportation, like biking and trains, as much as possible. It’s good for climate change and reduces your carbon footprint,” said Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen.
“It’s new ideas like the Bike Train that will keep Ontario’s Greenbelt green,” says Burkhard Mausberg, President, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “By taking the train and your bike you can experience the bounty of the world’s largest Greenbelt and protect it at the same time.”
→ Train travel produces 50% fewer emissions than travel by private vehicle.
→ The Toronto-Niagara Bike Train is The Greenbelt Express – a sustainable transportation option to exploring the bounty and biodiversity of the Greenbelt in Niagara.
→ Bicycling in Niagara is generally flat and easy, except for areas around
→ The 140km Greater Niagara Circle Route offers multi-day bicycle touring in Niagara along well signed, mostly off-road and paved recreational trails.
→ Toronto has more than 1000kms of bicycle lanes, shared roadways and off road paths.
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