Trains and Bikes

There are plenty of empty seats on my train, and more with luggage on. There is a dedicated cycle section for two bikes. There are only two of us cyclists here.

So why am I having to stand, blocking the doors with my bike?

Twice I have needed to politely ask people to move so I can store my bike safely. Once I got an evil look and grudging acquiescence. The second time I get a confused look and complete inaction.

There is a reason bikes have a separate section. Should there be an accident, as unlikely as it is, my bike is now quite neatly blocking two out of four exits for three-quarters of this carriage, and obscuring it for the rest. Getting out in a hurry isn’t possible until I and my bike are out of the door.

Nobody really cares, I expect. Well, until the headline ’20 Killed by Bike Blocking Doors’ hits the headlines…

When did common sense and decency start vanishing?

More to the point, when did I become so cynical?


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About The WalkingPlasterDispenser

So who is the Walking Plaster Dispenser? Well, I'm a volunteer First Aider, working with a well-known First Aid charity to help out random people I've never met before (or, more usually, when) they hurt themselves. This typically involves walking briskly (never run...) around after people who are silly enough to do sports or some other suitably daft activity in their free time. In my spare time, I am a graduate engineer, working my way through a graduate scheme with a big engineering company.

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