Bikes on boats - the fast way down the Thames

I took friends on a Thames Clipper fast ferry from Greenwich to Waterloo over the weekend - it's a great way to see London and get about, and considerably cheaper and faster than those awful tourist-laden 'tour boats' you see chugging up and down our city's great river. 

Standing on the stern I was surprised to see 4 bike racks and it suddenly hit me what a great way this would be to get from one end of town to the other with your bike, as oppose to on it.  Don't get me wrong, cycling round town is great, but integrating bikes with publc transport can make it even greater - especially if, like me, you sometimes flag a little and fancy a lift back.

Wouldn't it be great if our buses had bike racks too?  Now that really would be something.  They have a system whereby you can clip your bikes to the front of buses in Seattle, amongst others.  Why not London?

Thames Clippers:
Seattle 'bike buses'


Skippo said...

Surely London buses must have bioke racks, even janner buses have got them! If you want integrated public transport exasperation try getting your bike on a first great western train on the same day! Great blog Mark.

ibikelondon said...

Hello Skippo - how utterly depressing is it when the somewhat provincial city of Plymouth is lapping our nation's capital when it comes to bike provision on buses?

I have heard all about First Great Western and how difficult it is to get bikes on to their trains. I think this, and the theft rate of bikes left on the streets in London are what have led to the explosion in demand for good quality folding bikes like Bromptons.