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Boarding train with bike
Boarding train with bike
Combining cycling with trains, buses, trams and other services often offers a good alternative to driving for longer, door-to-door commuting or leisure journeys. While public transport and cycles are ideal travelling companions, operators don't always make it that easy.

What are the benefits?

In the UK, cycling could:

  • Triple the number of households within 15 minutes of a rail station when measured aginst walking
  • Put almost all households within reach of a regular daily bus service 
  • Increase the catchment area for passengers by a factor of sixteen.

Cycling brings passengers to rail and bus stations from all points of the compass, helps minimise connection times and is particularly useful for people who don't have access to cars in rural areas and where services are more sporadic. Cycling and walking also disperse huge numbers of passengers at busy stations in a way not possible with car-based travel.

Cycling is well integrated with the rail network in other countries. In the Netherlands, for instance, 1,000 cycle parking spaces at a railway station is considered a small amount.

To make it as easy as possible to combine cycling with public transport, cyclists need:

  • Good access to, from, through and within stations and interchanges for cyclists
  • Safe, secure, well located and sufficient cycle parking, storage and hire facilities at stations and interchanges
  • Adequate, useable space for carrying cycles on services
  • Better information and publicity about combining cycling and public transport, plus straightforward, user-friendly ticketing and reservation systems.


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