Re: "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Make the provision for Bicycles on Trains Free and Compulsory by all train operators."In article <EaSdneTx-pKzUVDYRVnyhwA@bt.com>, Al C-F
> Rob Morley wrote:
> > In article <535tllF1o37fpU2@mid.individual.net>, Tony Raven
> > firstname.lastname@example.org says...
> >> JP wrote on 10/02/2007 12:07 +0100:
> >>> Laudable idea, obviously many practical difficulties.
> >> Why is it that British trains have so many practical difficulties and
> >> perceived delays with bicycles whereas in Switzerland, Germany, Denmark,
> >> Finland etc the railways not only run efficiently and on time but they
> >> carry bicycles without hesitation? What are their train operators
> >> capable of that ours aren't?
> > They're part of a proper integrated transport system rather than playing
> > second fiddle to road haulage and private motoring interests.
> Which is probably true, and almost but not quite entirely irrelevant to
> their ability to carry a gentleman's velocipede.
Not at all - a well integrated system enables appropriate modes for
different situations. Trains are particularly good at shifting large
loads over long distances and bicycles are particularly good personal
transportation for local use - the countries mentioned above recognise
this and facilitate the integration of the two modes.