Nexus has announced a trial where cyclists will be allowed to bring bikes on a stretch of its Tyne and Wear Metro network until March 2017. Normally only folding bikes are allowed on the Metro but cyclists will now be able to bring bikes on board between Callerton Parkway and Jesmond.
Back in 2012, Nexus said it was “not the right time” to allow cyclists to take their bikes onto services. Campaigners asked for trial outside peak hours and that is what is now being run.
Chronicle Live reports that the trial will run from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 3pm, for the next six months.
Paul Walker, customer service director at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, said that no problems had resulted from allowing folding bikes and so the rules have been broadened.
“The first phase of the cycle trial has been well-received by a small number of cyclists, with no major issues. By extending the trial for six months we can see what happens during colder, wetter months and as the system is at its busiest before Christmas.
“This will enable us to gain a greater understanding of whether Metro can safely and comfortably accommodate non-folding bikes on parts of the system, while also informing the design and specification for investment in a new train fleet.
“We understand the importance of cycling to people across the region and we already make sure there is secure storage at or close to every station, with smart lockers at key locations, so people can easily combine cycling and travel by Metro.”
Bikes must be kept in the designated space and cyclists must remain with them at all times.