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Bicycles welcome Thursday on South Shore trains
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Bicycles welcome Thursday on South Shore trains

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A passenger loads his bike on a summer Sunday on a South Shore Line commuter train at Dune Park station in this file photo.

CHESTERTON — It's nearly that time of the year again to take your bike along with you on the South Shore Line.

Bicycles are welcome beginning Thursday on five morning and three afternoon/evening rush hour weekday trains, three morning and seven afternoon/evening off-peak weekday trains, as well as 14 weekend trains, according to the train service.

While the state of Indiana is opting to downgrade its face mask requirement, the regional South Shore Line says it is continuing to mandate masks for passengers and employees.

"This last year has felt very long and taxing, and I think everyone is looking forward to the nicer weather. We hope that more people who have not taken advantage of our bikes program yet will give it a try this season, given our expanded schedule,” said Nicole Barker, director of capital investment and implementation at the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

"There are so many great trails and sights along the South Shore Line that family and friends can enjoy on their bikes together," she said.

Bike cars are available on select trains from April through October, according to NICTD.

"Not only can you bike to work during the week, but you can also explore the bike trails along the South Shore Line on the weekends," according to the commuter line.

"Bike cars are bike rack-equipped in addition to regular seating so that passengers can ride in the car near their bicycles," according to NICTD.

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Bicycle icons can be found on the SSL timetable next to specific train times that run equipped with bike racks. Bike rack-equipped train cars are also clearly marked with a bike symbol prominently displayed on the windows of the car.

Bikes are not permitted during special Chicago events such as Lollapalooza and the Chicago Air & Water Show.

For more information, visit mysouthshoreline.com or download the SSL app.

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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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