Intermodality (2/2)

As I talked about, intermodality is the combination of two or more ways of transport. The first post dealt with bikes and buses, whereas I am going to enhance your knowledge on the subject of the sum bikes plus trains today.

Lots of people use the conjoint ways of transport in an everyday routine to go to work or study. This intermodality is well-developed in those countries which enjoy a vast railroad which in turn constitutes a serious competitor against cars. Moreover, the train lines which go to parks fill up on weekends. One can see two main modalities in this intermodality. The first one appears when bikes can get into the train with no specific area where to put them. It is like if you go inside the coach and lock your bike wherever you can. This fact could make the trip uncomfortable to some passengers, but the point here is the authorities tactlessness as they have not considered the bikers necessities.

In comparison, the ideal alternative is to dedicate specific carriages for bikes. Usually the first or the last coach is highlighted with bicycle pictures on the bodywork or the windows, so that everybody understand it as the place to put the bikes. In the next photo, you can see how it works. Notice the division in bikes-area and people-area. This way makes it easier for riders to seat close to their bikes.

Nevertheless, there is another way to transport bikes. In the previous picture, bikes were put in horizontal as they move on the road. The next option is to hang them to gain extra capacity (see the next photo). Again, a zone for bikers is needed, limited by the two transparent panels. The central corridor also allows the engine driver to move freely.

In addition, if the train station has a good and large parking bike like in the next picture, the use of train by riders is increased.

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