For longer journeys, combining cycling with travelling by train is probably easier than you think.
For regular commuting, it’s likely to be cheaper and quicker than driving a car. You avoid traffic and parking hassles, have a consistent journey time, stay fit and healthy and arrive at work full of energy and ready for the day!
Here are some options for you to consider.
Cycle to your local station
- Most railway stations have a secure place to park a bike for free. If you are worried about security, then check out our advice on the best ways to lock up your bike
Long-term cycle lockers
- South Gloucestershire Council has installed cycle lockers at Yate Railway Station, Filton Abbey Wood Station and at the Stoke Gifford Park & Ride site next to Parkway Station. These lockers are to help people who wish to cycle to and from the railway station on a regular basis.
- There are a limited number of lockers, which are hired out for a small annual charge on a first come, first served basis.
Take your bike on the train
- It’s FREE to take your bike with you on the train, but it must travel in the designated area. Spaces may be limited, so it’s recommended that you reserve your place in advance. Some stations have a sign that tell you where to stand on the platform to load your bike, if in doubt ask a member of staff. Restrictions vary, so it’s best to check the on-board facilities for the train operator before you travel. More general information for cyclists can be found at National Rail Cycling.
Get a folding bike
- Folding bikes are a convenient alternative to travelling with a regular bike and train operators take them for FREE without restriction (almost!). On South West Trains they must be stowed as luggage. Again, it’s worth checking the on-board facilities for the train operator before you travel.
Keep two bikes
- If you still have some distance to go when you reach your rail destination and don’t want the take your bike with you on the train, then could keep two bikes, one at either end, but make sure you properly maintain them both.
Hire a bike
- Brompton Bike Hire operates bike ‘docks’ at Bristol Temple Meads station car park and at Bristol Parkway. If you know the dock number you can make a reservation by text. Find out how it works.
- NextBike operates in Bath offering bikes for hire at Bath Spa railway station and from 14 other locations around the city. Reservations can be made by phone or via their free mobile app. Find out how it works.
- Many Bike Shops offer bikes for hire too – details may be found in our Shops & Hire page.