15 June 2013

Feeling faint: Northern Rail's invisible bike signs

I've been busy blogging elsewhere, cycling Land's End to John o'Groats.

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.


  1. That's funny! It's nice to know cyclists have been given a thought!
    Congrats on Lands End to John o'Groats! I would love to do it one day.

  2. Ironically, Northern Rail is owned by NS, the national operator of the Netherlands. Their Dutch trains have enormous bike icons on them.

  3. Hello, how best to get in touch with you? Can you drop me a line on Rachel at blaze.cc please?

  4. is that actually a joke? HOW did they even print invisible stickers like that? impressive to see how bad they could make them