Tyne & Wear Metro: I Throw My Cycling Gloves In Your Face.
We all know that bikes aren’t allowed on the Metro.
DB Regio & Nexus won’t even entertain a trial off-peak. In the absence of proper, hard empirical evidence, they must have done a whole bunch of risk assessments. In fact, I’ve put in a Freedom of Information Request for two of these, and I’m sure they’re even now being dispatched by courier.
But for now, this is a pipedream:
The thing is, more and more people are questioning the need for the Metro in the first place. By the time you walk to the Metro station, faff around getting your ticket, wait for the train, zip into town, and then walk to your office, you’re probably better off just cycling. As Barry Bell commented on the Twitter:
It’s a bit like the tortoise and the hare. On the face of it the Metro “journey” is really quick. But with all the messing about you have to do at each end of the “journey”, you’d be better off opting for a slower form of transport that takes you door-to-door with minimal stops in between.
In fact, I reckon this might be the case for the WHOLE of Tyne & Wear Metro’s network.
So here’s my challenge to you, Metro:
I’ll race you door-to-door for any journey on your network.
The winner gets to decide whether or not bikes are allowed on your trains…