Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Railrider?
A railrider is a pedal powered vehicle that rides on railroad tracks. They have 4 polyurethane wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun and easy to ride. There is no need to carefully watch the road ahead, there is no need to steer, and riding is hands free – making it easy to take photographs and video as you roll along.
Who can participate in a railbike adventure?
Railbike adventures are truly meant for everyone! Couples, families, groups of friends, people of all ages.
Your safety is our priority. We want you to have fun, but we also want to make sure your rail bike adventure is without incident. Know your health limits: pre-existing health conditions; recent surgery, injuries or conditions that resulted in limited mobility. Do not ride a rail bike if it could aggravate an existing health condition. If you are severely allergic to bee stings, please bring an EpiPen with you. Our staff will have bee sting ointment available.
Pedaling is part of the experience and riders should be prepared to do light to moderate exercise. Riders should be able to bike recumbently for 70–90 minutes at low to moderate exertion. It is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace to give you a chance to take in your surroundings. These trips feature a gentle mixed grade of about 1 1/2%.
Can Kids Come Along?
Absolutely! There is no minimum (or maximum!) age limit. Infants can ride with an adult in a baby style front harness (1 year of age or under travel free). Car seats are allowed and secured to railrider seats with a single lap style seatbelt. Lap riding is not allowed as it is unsafe. Children must be accompanied by a rider at least 16 years of age. Younger children may not be able to reach the pedals but can be safely buckled in to enjoy the ride. All riders must be in their own seat and wear seatbelts.
Is there a weight limit?
Yes, there is a 250 lb. weight limit per rider per seat.
What About Bad Weather?
We run rain or shine unless dangerous weather conditions are occurring or imminent. If we cancel a tour based on dangerous conditions riders will receive full refunds. Whenever possible, we try to wait out any questionable weather. Tours will go ahead in light rain or showers. Riders are expected to dress appropriately for the predicted weather conditions and temperatures. Tours are outdoors and the railbikes are open to the elements. We offer ponchos for sale at the Lions Depot
Rescheduling or cancellation due to weather will only occur if NPOV Lions Railriders consider it unsafe to be on the rails. Customers who cancel due to weather are subject to our cancellation policy.
What should I bring?
Bring your camera, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate outerwear based on the weather forecast (hats, windbreakers, rain gear, etc.). Storage is available but limited behind the seats for small bags such as fanny packs. The rail bikes cannot accommodate carry-on items such as backpacks, large purses, totes, or ice chests. Remember! the more you bring the more you pedal.
Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the predicted weather conditions. Tours are outdoors and the railbikes are open to the elements. Comfortable and loose-]itting clothes suitable for hiking or cycling are recommended. Closed toed shoes are recommended.
Can I bring my camera? My GoPro?
Yes! Part of the magic of riding the rails is that the experience is ‘hands free’ – you don’t have to steer! So you have lots of opportunities to take pictures and video to capture this unique experience.
What should I not bring?
Do not bring your pets, any drugs, or glass containers. Additionally, smoking or vaping is not permitted. No alcohol, smoking, or vaping is allowed.
How can I pass a slower rider?
Passing is not possible – the aim is to enjoy the journey, not to go as fast as you can. A slower rider in front means you will have more time to relax and enjoy the ride. Give other riders space – PLEASE DON’T TAILGATE!!!
How do the tours work?
Plan on 2 hours. The total ride is 9 miles divided into 2 sections. North to Box Canyon is 6 miles round trip and @ 1 1/2hrs.; south is through pasture/forest land is 3 miles round trip and @ 30min.
All the railriders (11 quad railriders) leave at the same time, with NPOV Lions member tour guides and Safety Crew, pedaling north along the Pend Oreille River to Box Canyon Dam. There will be a small break (10-15 min) for Lion hosts to turnaround all the railriders while riders rest, stretch your legs and take in the view. The tour group pedals south and returns to the Lion Depot. After a short break at the Lions Depot (10-15 min) the group pedals south through pasture/forest land, turns around and returns to the Lions Depot. The group will spread out along the track so that there is up to 50ft between you and the riders ahead and behind. This allows each group to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors and the magic of the railroad at their own pace and in their own space.
What about TRAINS!!!?
NPOV Lions Railriders only operates on rails with the permission of the railroad. There is no active train travel on the tracks used by NPOV Lions Railriders.
Do I have to book ahead of time or can I just show up?
Booking ahead is strongly recommended. Due to the popularity of NPOV Lions Railriders, and the limited number of seats available, many tours sell out quickly. Seats are not held in reserve for walk-ins. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled ride time. This allows time for check in, safety orientation and seat adjustments.
Are tickets per person?
No, tickets are for 1 quad railrider that seats up to 4 people There is no discount for empty seats. Each rider must have their own seat. It is not safe for children to be seated on your lap and this is strictly forbidden.
Special Group rides: Ask about a “Special Group” ride. This is a fun way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, reunions.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs (and / or other pets) are not permitted While we love our furry friends, we do not allow pets on our rides. Our pets are family too and we wish they could go but it’s just not a safe activity for animals.
Is it safe for children?
Yes! Railriders are easy to ride and come with seat belts (which are required to be worn at all times) as well as hand-controlled brakes. Children must be accompanied by a rider at least 16 years of age to operate the brakes. Each guest must be secured in their own seat with a seatbelt. The only exception is infants, who must be secured in a chest harness to an adult rider. CHEST HARNESSES ARE NOT PROVIDED. Infants in a chest harness travel free. Younger children may not be able to reach the pedals but can be safely buckled in to enjoy the ride. Children are NOT permitted to be seated on your lap and this is strictly forbidden.
Are trips guided?
All Railriding trips are accompanied by NPOV Lions Hosts and NPOV Lions Safety Crew. NPOV Lions Safety crew will manage all road crossings. Stop at all road crossings and cross only with the direction of NPOV Lions Safety Crew. You will stop at the State Hwy and cross the State Hwy as a group. Only proceed when advised by NPOV Lions Safety Crew. Please follow all directions from NPOV Lions Hosts and Safety Crew members. Slow down when passing through rail switches and over country roads.
What other safety precautions have been taken?
All bikes are equipped with hand brakes and a seat belt which MUST always be worn while riding. In addition, all tours are be equipped with basic first aid supplies.
Where is the restroom facility?
It is recommended that you use the restroom facility at the Lions Depot prior to embarking on your tour. Restrooms are not available at Box Canyon Dam viewing area.
Can I take Photos on my tour? Yes
Can we eat and drink while on the tour?
We recommend that you eat a light snack before you begin your tour. Each railrider has a cup holder most water bottles fit in. We offer drinks and snacks for sale at the Lions Depot.
What is your cancellation policy?
You may cancel your reservation at any time up to 72 hours prior to scheduled departure. firstname.lastname@example.org or 844-724-5743 (M-F 9am-5pm). No-shows will be charged the full price. There will be no refunds or rescheduling for late arrivals or missed trips.
We run rain or shine, unless dangerous weather conditions are occurring or imminent, based on the judgment of NPOV Lions Railriders. If NPOV Lions Railriders cancel a tour because of dangerous weather conditions, riders will receive full refunds. Whenever possible, we try to wait out any questionable weather.
I have a question or concern. Whom can I communicate with?
Feel free to call us at 445-724-5743 (M-F 9am-5pm) or email us at email@example.com