As I wheeled my Brompton through the ticket barrier at Cannon Street Station last week I was handed the above leaflet. The train companies that cover the Olympic venues will not allow non-folding bikes on their trains during the Olympics (27 July to 12 August) and Paralympics Games (29 August to 9 September). This will be tough for many long haul commuter cyclists who get in before the rush hour times or are able to get on after rush hour and then get a train after 7pm home.
*Bromptons are allowed but even Brompton owners have to ensure that the bike is completed folded before you enter the station and during the journey.
I see the word ‘compact’ is used. Now there many folding bikes but not all are compact. It will be interesting to see how far the train companies will take this.
I haven’t seen any notices about folding bikes on the Underground or Docklands Light Railway (DLR). But in truth I don’t think I want to be with the Brompton on the Underground during the Olympics.
I am preparing for the occasion that even if I get into central London with the Brompton on a train, I may have to cycle all the way back home because it is just too crowded.