Taking your bike on the coach or train isn’t always the easiest of feats.
But you might need to use public transport for a number of reasons: you want to do a bike trip that’s too far to cycle to, you have a puncture, you don’t feel well or you’ve finished a tour/sportive/race and your legs are just too zonked to even entertain the idea of riding home.
Luckily, our national networks can help you get at least some of the way to your destination.
So, whether you want to get your bike around London or the rest of the UK, here’s a round-up of how to do it using different modes of transport.
Taking your bike on public transport in London
Generally speaking, if you’ve got a folding bike, you can take it anywhere at any time. Just be careful when you’re taking the bus as these bikes are only allowed on at the driver’s discretion.
As for non-folded bicycles, it gets a little more complicated. They’re allowed on the Docklands Light Railway off-peak Monday-Friday. That means they’re allowed on until 07:30, between 09:30 and 16:00 and after 19:00. They’re also allowed on all day at the weekends and bank holidays.
Though bank holidays are allowed, Bank station is not – you can’t take your bike there for safety reasons.
Watch out for Prudential Ride London and the like; TfL recommends that you avoid the DLR during big events.
It’s much the same story for non-folded bikes on London Overground.