This is good news, though I find the rule lightly, if ever, enforced so it probably won't have an enormous impact.
Metro has amended its policy on folding bicycles, eliminating the requirement that the bicycles be encased before being allowed into the Metrorail system during rush hours.
Folding bicycles are now permitted on Metrorail at any time, but must remain folded and securely fastened when in the system during rush hours to ensure that they do not spring open.
“We have eliminated the requirement for carrying cases as designs of folding bikes have improved over the past 20 years. Today's folding bikes are more compact and less hazardous with features such as chain guards that protect customers from accidental or unwanted contact with grease and grime,” said Lynn Bowersox, Metro Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications and Marketing.
Metro encourages customers to travel to Metrorail by bike and is working to reach a goal of tripling the number of people who bike to a Metrorail station by 2020. Bicycling is a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and sustainable way to access Metro.
Standard bicycles are allowed on Metrorail anytime except on weekdays between 7 and 10 a.m., and 4 and 7 p.m., and during special events when the system is crowded. Metro has more than 4,000 bicycle parking spaces at 85 of 86 Metrorail stations. All Metrobuses have racks attached at the front with space for two bicycles.