Saturday, June 25, 2011

The 1st Bicycle GO Train of the 2011 season - 25 June 2011

We made it to the Niagara Falls Via Rail station just in the nick of time to see the first Bike GO Train of the season arrive.
GO Trains should be an affordable year round feature in Niagara with multiple daily stops needed at St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.


The people disembarking from the train were in good spirits with a mix of cyclists and non-cyclists and men and women. The bicycles that rolled out of the Bicycle Car ranged from recumbents, tourers, uprights and mountain bikes. As one of the cyclists in the interview commented, most of the Niagara cycle routes are flat - a cyclists paradise.


This Go Train service is clearly the way forward and there is no doubt that Niagarans want the GO Train service to be permanent NOW. Not just to end at Grimsby at some future time to add value to some developers lands. Not just for visitors to the region but for Niagarans to travel outside of the region for business and pleasure.

There is no better way to visit St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Toronto or Montreal than on a bike if you are able. The combination of the train and bicycles should be an inexpensive and flexible option to many. I believe that the silent electorate would demonstrably appreciate the politicians who made the train / bike option a reality.