With the growth of Amtrak ridership, bicyclists who choose to travel on the national passenger railroad are taking a toll on existing bicycle facilities. Normally, Amtrak charges a $10 fee for a box where a user disassembles a bicycle so that it can be stowed away in the baggage car. Only 8 routes in the country (including all state services in California) have spaces for fully assembled bicycles, and even these are limited to just 6 per train. Amtrak responds that it is looking at ways to retrofit its existing fleet so that trains can accept more bikes without the bother of disassembling and reassembling.
Thus, there is no need to pull your hair out because of a lack of bike space on Amtrak. A little patience is all that you will need during what the Los Angeles Daily News editorial board is billing as the Summer of Cycling. New policies in Southern California cities and elsewhere have fostered growth in bicycling. The spread of bicycle-heavy events such as Ciclovia (whose LA variant had yet another successful run last weekend) have aided in making bicycling more attractive and doable for the average commuter.
However, motorists increasingly express their resentment and even outright contempt at the fact that they must now share road space with a growing legion of bicyclists. The editorial linked above emphasizes that cities must address the concerns of both groups when designing facilities and that both groups must learn to coexist if everyone wants to stay safe on the road. For what it’s worth, cities and states may create or expand bike licensing programs and even require insurance if problems rise in proportion to bicycle use.