12 July 2010

Walk the Walk

Walk your bicycle on the platform
I've seen this sticker up at train stations. It reads, quite simply and to the point, "Walk your bicycle on the platform"

They could have added a 'please' or a 'would you mind terribly...' but the graphic design helps soften the tone. A bit of Cycle Chic feel to it, but she must be holding that male city bike for her boyfriend who had to pop into the bathroom before the train came.

In three and half years of documenting this bicycle culture lark I've only ever seen one person riding on a train platform so I really can't imagine that it's a problem. The one I saw is right here:
Copenhagen Train Station Bike Riding *
And that makes the act of platform riding look lovely.


kfg said...

How about, "It may be discourteous to ride your bike on the platform"?

Oh, and while, in some languages, bicycles may well have gender, they do not have sex(but watch out for those wire coat hangers all the same. Better safe . . .).

Anonymous said...

Maybe because there is no word for please in Danish?

Lasse said...

Speaking to the DSB (Danish State Rail) guy at the Velo-city conference. He told me that since it is now free to bring our bike in our S-train (at least until december (it´s a trial period))the problem has many-folded. So I guess that is why they put up the stickers. That of course does not explain the lack of cutesy, although I personally have no problem with DSB just saing what they want you to in this situation.

Michael S said...

I'd say, the tone is quite ok, it is not offending, it is not unpolite, it just tells you what not to do. Do we really need to be extra polite when we want to set up a traffic sign that reads: "Don't park at the bike lane, please"?

In my eyes, sometimes simple rules of good behavior have to be supported in clear words for those who behave thoughtlessly or ruthlessly. "Please" is not in place then. One could argue that a "please" is never wrong, but indeed I think in that case it is just that.

Kim said...

Well it better than "Cykling forbudt". Here in the UK we are more likely to have a notice saying Cycling forbidden and if there is a graphic it would be a bicycle with a line through it. It would also be rigorously enforced, with aim of discouraging cycling.

It is bizarre that people should be vilified for their choice of personal transport, especially where is it less harmful to others.

Kevin Love said...

It is the custom here in Ontario to reserve the use of the word "please" to non-mandatory behaviour. For example, when there was no law requiring cars to yield to busses leaving bus stops, the sign on the back of the bus read "please yield."

When unfortunately, the local loutish car drivers did not do so it became necessary to bring in a law requiring them to yield. Then the word "please" was dropped from the signs.

Taliesin said...

I wouldn't want to be riding in that position if a train came through the station at 125mph (200km/h). They can come up surprisingly silently.

So I think the rule is about a little more than curtasy, and like many rules it is there to make the situation unambiguous if someone does something silly riding their bicycle on the platform.

kfg said...

I wouldn't want to be walking either. The rule, however, has nothing to do with the trains, per se. It has to do with the walkers.

Green Idea Factory said...

Wow, if the S-Tog operated at 200 km/h and skipped certain stations, no one in Copenhagen would ride a bike.

Kenneth said...

Firstly, I'm one of those peeps who occasionally ride my bike on the train platform. The platforms are often 100-150 meters long, and if you get off the train in the far end I really don't see why I should walk my bike that far, instead of just mounting up and ride quietly to the exit (slowly passing pedestrians in a considerate way).
This only makes sense if there are few or no other people of course - would never do it on the very busy stations.

Secondly @Taliesin: Trains in Denmark don't reach 200 km/h at all. If they went through the stations with such a high speed it would certainly cause accidents more frequently.
When the trains pass through stations they only go 60 km/h or so I think.

Genders do not apply to bicycle frames said...

So you ARE sexist. Okay.

Velouria said...

I think the sign is fine and not any different than English-language "bicycles prohibited" or "no arking" signs. The picture of the woman on the platform looks lovely, but perilous!