Dutch Railways has plans to start a summer pilot from 10 July to 30 September. This summer pilot means that travelers who want to take their bicycle with them on the train will receive a 25 percent discount on a bicycle ticket. Travelers are obliged to register their bicycle via the NS app or via ns.nl prior to the train journey. It turns out that taking bicycles on the train has been in the top 5 complaints of travelers for some time. Getting on and off the train with a bicycle can lead to inconvenience and hindrance for other travelers. Conductors also regularly report nuisance caused by many bicycles on the train in the summer months.
The Dutch Railways has been asking travelers to voluntarily register their bicycles in advance of their journey for some time, more than 80 percent of travelers have complied with this. These travelers did indicate in feedback to the NS that registering a bicycle in advance did not provide any advantage compared to travelers who did not. That must now change. The summer pilot is met with great misunderstanding from the Fietsersbond and Rover. They find it incomprehensible that in times of few travelers due to the consequences of the corona crisis, they want to keep cyclists out of the train. They would rather see alternative solutions being sought to create more places for cyclists on the train. The plans for the summer pilot will first be presented to the passenger organisations.