Metrolinx adding pedal power to the Barrie Line as new bike coach pilot kicks off

A new pilot program is giving GO customers a chance to explore new roads on weekend bike trips.  From July 10 to August 2, GO Transit will include a special bicycle coach on select weekend trains along the Barrie GO Line between Union Station and Allandale Waterfront GO. Find out how you can enjoy the many trails in Barrie and throughout Simcoe County.

Bicycle coaches on weekend GO trains between Toronto and Barrie will give you a whole new way to start your ride.

From July 10 to August 2, select weekend trains running between Toronto’s Union Station and Barrie’s Allandale Waterfront GO will have space for more than 20 bicycles, thanks to special train cars that are built for storing bikes. People familiar with our seasonal Niagara GO train service will recognize these bike cars.

Image shows bikes aboard the train
A look inside one of GO Transit’s special bike train cars. (Metrolinx photo)

This is a special pilot program that will run on four consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, plus the August Civic Holiday Monday.

Trains will leave Union Station at 8:53 a.m., 11:53 a.m., 2:53 p.m. and 5:53 p.m., with return trips departing Allandale GO at 11:08 a.m., 2:08 p.m., 5:08 p.m. and 8:08 p.m.

Barrie and Simcoe County are known for their outstanding bike trails. (Barrie Tourism photo)

After arriving on the GO, Customers are free to explore the Barrie and Simcoe areas at their own pace. The Tourism Barrie website has mapped out four road routes for people to explore. With distances ranging from 11 to more than 45 km, customers can explore Northern Barrie, Oro Medonte, and many of Barrie’s heritage landmarks or art galleries.

For more information and to check schedules, check out the GO Transit webpage.

Story by Mike Winterburn, Metrolinx News senior writer