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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Long Distance Public Transportation

ReservationsFaresBicycle Transportation


Long distance public transportation carriers allow the general public (not just us) to make reservations for regional and national travel and include airlines, Amtrak trains, Greyhound busses, and MegaBus busses.

In fact, one of the key considerations when we choose a stopping town is the existence of at least one long distance public transportation carrier serving that town.

Specific information about the long distance public transportation carriers serving each stopping town will be listed under the information for that stopping town.

  • Click Here for more information about airlines.
  • Click Here for more information about Amtrak train service.
  • Click Here for more information about Greyhound bus service.
  • Click Here for more information about MegaBus bus service.

Reservations
Long distance public transportation carriers only have a limited number of schedules serving our stopping towns and each schedule has a limited number of seats. We strongly recommend purchasing your ticket as soon as possible to avoid any potential availability issues.

We highly recommend purchasing fully refundable tickets whenever possible or travel insurance when refundable tickets are not available in the event you have to cancel or we have to cancel. In the event you cancel an event, tickets may be transferable to other participants. In the event we cancel an event, we will not be responsible for any non-refundable public transportation fares participants paid for themselves. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance as a contingency against event cancellations.

  • Click Here for more information about travel insurance.

Fares
Prices may vary significantly between different carriers, schedules, and how close to the actual date of travel the reservation is made.

In the event we cancel an event, we will not be responsible for any non-refundable public transportation fares participants paid for themselves.

  • Click Here for more information about travel insurance.

Baggage Transportation
It is extremely important to check the baggage policies of each individual public transportation carrier including any fees, size and weight limitations, allowable quantities identification, and any restricted items.

Bicycle Transportation
The main advantage to transporting your bicycle with you aboard a long distance public transportation carrier is that you should have it with you at all times and unlike shipping it, you will not be without your bicycle for an extended amount of time.

Except for a limited number of Amtrak trains, no long distance public transportation carrier also allows passengers to carry an unboxed, fully assembled bicycle aboard. When possible, your bicycle must be boxed and transported as a piece of checked baggage or cargo instead. MegaBus does not transport bicycles at all, boxed or unboxed and you will need to transport your bicycle in another way.

It is extremely important to plan ahead to avoid any problems by checking the fees, rules, and regulations of each individual public transportation carrier, particularly the weight, size, and allowable types of materials for bicycle shipping containers. Most carriers charge an extra fee to carry a boxed bicycle aboard and you will need to check with each individual carrier for their specific instructions about how to do so. You also may need to make previous arrangements or reservations for it

When you arrive, you will need to check your boxed bicycle as baggage and after you arrive at your destination you will need to wait for your boxed bicycle to arrive and claim it at the baggage claim area. You will also need to transport your boxed bicycle to your destination.

Shipping Your Bicycle Instead of Transporting It Aboard a Long Distance Public Transportation Carrier
If you will be travelling aboard a long distance public transportation carrier, we strongly recommend shipping your bike directly to our supporting bike shop in the starting town and/or from our supporting bike shop in the ending town instead of transporting it with you aboard yourself.

Even though you will be without your bike during for time it takes to box, ship, and reassemble your bike, the cost to ship it is comparable if not cheaper than transporting it with you, particularly if you are flying. This is because your bicycle must be boxed and you must pay an additional fee to transport it aboard most long distance public transportation carriers anyway.

In addition, if you transport your boxed bicycle on a public transportation carrier there is always the possibility that it will not arrive in time. Because they are so big and bulky, boxed bicycles are often the first item to be unloaded if cargo space is limited. Your bike can also get lost, misplaced, or left behind, particularly if your trip isn't a direct one and it includes a transfer between different schedules or public transportation carriers.

You will also be able to save yourself a significant amount of hassle by shipping your bike instead of transporting it with you in town. You can breeze through the airport or bus or train station since you won't have to check in your boxed bicycle when you arrive or wait to claim it at the baggage claim area.

  • Click Here for more information about shipping your bicycle to and from our events.

In addition, we can pick up and/or drop off your bicycle at the Chicago bike shop for you for an additional fee. If you register for this service both before the start and after the end of the event, you will be able to travel with only your baggage and not have to transport your bicycle yourself at all!

  • Click Here for more information about our Chicago Bicycle Shipment Pick Up And Delivery Service.

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