But back home in York, I was pleased to see that Northern Rail continues to make those of taking bikes on trains feel special. Such as on the service to Hull (picture).
Most passengers would naively expect the cycle spaces - which, in fact, are behind this door here (picture) - to be indicated by some sort of visible sign.
Hah! Not likely! The magic mark (above the yellow rectangle on the left-hand side in the image above) is near-transparent, applied in special non-seeable paint (picture - heavily modified by software to make it more prominent), so that only the chosen few, 'real', cyclists know where to go.
It's not about lycra. It's not about racing, or saving the world, or crossing the Nullarbor Plain alone except for the film crew.
It's about the best way of commuting, shopping, sightseeing, socialising, partying, and generally just getting from A to B every day: by bike.
This blog was maintained daily from Jan 2009 to Sep 2010, and occasionally from then until 2013. My new blog, from Feb 2021, is at e2e.bike. It has hundreds of pages on cycle-touring across Britain, Ireland and the rest of the world.