Tag Archives: Cycling

Bus /bike interface

Flickr photo courtesy of Tom Burnham

 “These buses were commissioned by the Dartford Tunnel Authority to carry bicycles through that tunnel. The batch consisted of TT 1-5, and entered service on 18 November 1963. Service was already replaced on 31 October 1965, due to lack of traffic, by Land Rovers, operated by the Tunnel Authority. The lower floor was for bicycles, passengers could sit on the upper floor. There were special platforms to enable the passengers to enter the bus.”

When I worked for Kent County Council in the 80s I recall the long debates we had about providing transport for cycles through the Tunnel – the bus above had only a limited life – other fotos on the spotters pages. Now you get a free ride in a Tunnel van – I saw one the other day, hence the reminiscence.

And motorcycles go through for free – probably because its not worth asking them to pull off their gloves, open their jacket and find a quid for the congestion it would cause!

[Anorak now put back in closet 🙂 – well its a wet Saturday afternoon]

Brussels by bike

No, we used Eurostar to get there but a Saturday morning tour of the city’s cycle routes convinced me we still have a long way to go in the UK to match best pracice. We cycled through parks, the ring road and side streets, then on contra flow “on street” and “on pavement” routes (from the European Parliament to the centre) and everywhere drivers gave way to clearly inexperienced English cyclists.

We got our bikes from Provelo and were led by a really knowledgeable local guide. At one stage we crossed the equivalent of Marble Arch, the Arc de Triomphe and any junction in Rome combined, cutting acoss buses, cars, mopeds and trams with no more stress than cycling along the Ridgeway (actually probably not a good example).

BTW Eurostar from the new St. Pancras (ask me sometime about PBA’s role in making it work) was supremely efficient, departing and arriving on time there and back. The Circle Line and First Great Western on the way home as always failed to deliver on any element of customer satisfaction. Oh well…