CYCLISTS took to the train this week to show their frustration at the lack of space provided on new V/Line VLocity trains for bicycles which they claim will impact on cycling tourism in regional Victoria.
The new carriages provide 14 additional seats for travellers, but at the expense of a toilet, bike storage and places to stow luggage.
Wednesday’s protest was organised by the Bicycle Network organisation and its supporters.
In a written statement, Bicycle Network said the new carriages would make it harder for people to travel with their bikes on V/Line trains.
“We’re robbing local tourism operators of the opportunity to capitalise on the growing demand for cycle tourism.
“It’s short-term thinking that actively discourages people from exploring our regional communities by bike.”
V/Line has stated that large groups wishing to travel to and from regional Victoria with their bicycles will need to make alternative transport arrangements.