HOT BLAST: Getting on track for bike tourism
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Passengers board an Amtrak train during its stop at the Anniston station. (Anniston Star photo by Stephen Gross)
Passengers board an Amtrak train during its stop at the Anniston station. (Anniston Star photo by Stephen Gross)
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One of Anniston's big cycling dreams is for bicycle tourists to take advantage of the city's Amtrak stop, either to enjoy the Ladiga Trail or ride Coldwater Mountain.

The problem is only a few Amtrak routes allow passengers to bring their bicycles on board unless they are boxed up like luggage.

This report, however, finds "Amtrak is seeing increased demand for walk-on bike service across the United States."

The good news for Anniston and bike tourism is, "Steve Kulm, a spokesman for Amtrak, said the agency is looking for opportunities to retrofit train cars to allow more convenient bike transport."

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