Public Transport

Andy Hawes's picture

Bikes on planes

Taking your bicycle on a plane is something more and more of us have started to do. Here we provide a few useful steps to follow:
  • Read and print out a copy of your chosen airline's policy on the carriage of cycles (this is normally under 'sporting equipment' on the airline's website).
  • Note their packaging requirements - all airlines now insist on bicycles being packaged for transit. Bags specifically for bikes are available from various retailers.
Cherry Allan's picture

Cycling and air travel

Some people have trouble-free journeys when travelling by air with their cycles, but others are not so lucky.
Airport sign
Headline Messages: 

The main problems for people who travel by air with their cycles are:

  • Not being able to find cycle-friendly routes to and from airports
  • Complex, multi-step booking procedures
  • Lack of information about how to prepare a cycle for carriage on a plane
  • Check-in disputes about whether the cycle complies with an airline's stowing conditions
  • Damage to cycles during handling
  • Mislaid or lost cycles

Unfortunately, several airlines still fail basic cycle-friendly tests. Please let us know about any good or bad experiences

See CTC’s  "bikes by air" page for more advice on taking your cycle by air or contact the CTC Information Department.

CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 

Travellers who take their cycles by air need:

  • Easy, well signed and safe access to airports, and secure, convenient cycle parking
  • A simple booking procedure with as few steps as possible
  • Clear information on charges
  • Clear, accessible information from all airlines on their websites, booking forms and at the airport to show unambiguously how cycles should be prepared for the flight
  • Well-briefed staff /contractor, so that people who know they have complied with the airline’s conditions don’t have any check-in problems
  • A basic standard for cycle packaging and cycle handling agreed with all carriers and with all ground handling service staff / contractors
Publication Date: 
March 2012
Chris Peck's picture

CTC welcomes 'Better Rail Stations' vision for cycle-rail integration

In November 2009, Chris Green and Sir Peter Hall reported their findings on the state of England's rail stations to the then Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis. Included within this were several very helpful recommendations on cycle-rail integration at stations.
Secure cycle parking at Leiden station

Besides cash to revive the ten worst stations, CTC was pleased to see that a dedicated fund of £14 million was provided for cycle parking and ten 'Cycle Hubs' (offering cycle hire, repair services and secure parking) with the first appearing in Leeds as Cyclepoint - now up and running.


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