Safety - Safety - Safety
issues related to railroad tracks are so important. Please take a few minutes to read the
Raibike Tours, Inc. always works closely with
the right-of-way owners and local communities to secure approval and scheduled times
to tour specific sections of track. If you are railbiking with Raibike
Tours, Inc., you can be sure that the following safety guidelines have already been
addressed for you!
On the other hand, the potential for serious injury
while trespassing on railroad property is very real. In many
areas, trains do not run on a schedule; they run when they are needed, sometimes only a
few times per year. Even if a line has scheduled train traffic, additional trains can be
run at any time. Do not trespass and always expect a train!
Also, it is illegal to walk or ride on railroad property without
the owner's permission. You not only run the risk of serious injury but arrest, fines and
possibly jail time.
For railbiking to be enjoyed safely, a number of
guidelines need to be observed including, but not limited to, the following:
Always get permission from
the owner/operator of the railroad - even abandoned lines.
Follow all rules and conditions laid out by
owners of railway lines.
Find out about the general condition of the tracks.
Be in contact with radio dispatchers, engineers and
work crews on active rail.
Use a railbike design that is
stable and safe.
Use high visibility vests, pennants and reflectors so
that you can be seen at road crossings.
Report any safety problems you see to the owner of
Look out for trespassers and vandals.
Be extremely cautious at all road crossings
whether they are marked or not.
More information on railroads, including safety, is
available from the Federal Railroad
Authority. Rail traffic safety organizations have additional information. Safety
information can also be obtained from "Operation Lifesaver" which, while not
particularly knowledgeable about eco-tourism or railbikes, concentrates on safety at
Follow Raibike Tours, Inc.'s Lead in Safe, Approved,