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?