After weeks of vocal opposition, Eurostar has backed down on its plans to force cyclists to box up their bikes before boarding the cross-channel trains.
In a statement emailed to cycling charity CTC, Eurostar said: “You will be pleased to know that we are not intending to go ahead with the requirement for all bikes to be carried in boxes and will accept fully-mounted bikes.”
The plan was going to be implemented from 1 November, according to Eurostar so that more luggage could be carried. However, reports suggested that cyclists could still travel with their bike unboxed as recently as 3 November.
BikeRadar asked Eurostar this morning, why the change of heart? A spokesperson said: “We understand that the new policy caused concern, we listened to feedback carefully. Because of the concerns that some customers raised we decided to revert back to the original policy.”
This means passengers can continue to bring their bikes with them for the princely sum of £30, without the hassle of dismantling them. It represents something of a victory for the charity CTC, which managed to galvanise support on both sides of the Channel for its ‘Zero stars for Eurostar’ campaign, attracting more than 9,700 signatures.
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Source: Bike Radar