Cyclists are protesting about reduced space. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

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.