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Why is it so hard to get a bike on a ferry? Plus Strava's 'Weekly Snapshot' row on the road.cc Podcast

We catch up with some cyclists who recently got that sinking feeling when trying to book their bikes on the ferry, and discuss Strava's latest updates...

On episode 73 of the road.cc podcast, we hear from two cyclists who tell us their trials and tribulations of trying to get their bikes on the ferry... something that appears to be a tad more difficult than boarding one by car! 
 

 

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Our original story about Elaine Baker's ordeal with Irish Ferries ignited much debate, so we thought it was only right to follow up and get all the details. Were Irish Ferries really guilty of "pure discrimination against people on bikes" when Ms Baker was unable to board with a bicycle as opposed to a motorbike? Strap in for a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion (we've asked Irish Ferries again for comment, and have had no response at the time of writing). 

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In part 2, George, Jamie and Jack discuss a seemingly innocuous Strava update that has drawn the ire of numerous cyclists on social media. Does it bother you that Strava is now giving us up or down arrows to tell us whether we've done more or less riding than the previous week? We discuss what it means for us, and also bring you news of yet another Strava update that may or may not be more useful than the controversial Weekly Snapshot... 

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Bigtwin | 2 months ago
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Did a return trip to Fr from Dover last summer.  Got charged a packet extra for bikes.  Ferry had no capacity for bikes at all - just stacked them up (literally) in a room off the car deck.  Pedals through wheels, paint and chunks of carbon flying everywhere, and they made everyone carry ALL of their luggage up a ludicrous tiny staircase.  We're fit, youngish and had packed fairly light, but the tourers getting on a bit nearly died. Total and utter goat-shag from start to finish.  Didn't even get a reply to our complaint letter, needless to say.  Brittany Ferries now known as Shitonme Ferries, which sums it up.

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Secret_squirrel | 2 months ago
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It was a freight ferry with no foot passenger access.

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Can we please stop giving these losers more attention?  They'd be just the same kind of people who would try to cycle up the vehicle ramp, slip, hurt themselves and sue.

Im really not interested.

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Daclu Trelub replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 months ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

It was a freight ferry with no foot passenger access.

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Story.

Can we please stop giving these losers more attention?  They'd be just the same kind of people who would try to cycle up the vehicle ramp, slip, hurt themselves and sue.

Im really not interested.

Just recently had a moaner on Irish radio about the terrible lack of facilities on board the ferry. FFS, it was again, a freight ferry and not meant to cater to cars full of fools. Quite possibly the same idiot.

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newtonuk replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 month ago
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I'm glad you highlighted that, as I was listening to rather poor interview I was coming to the conclusion that the non-story was that somebody had booked themselves on to a ferry, that didn't take foot passengers, with a motor vehicle then was making a big stink that they couldn't get on that ferry when they didn't turn up with the motor vehicle that they had booked on with.

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Dnnnnnn | 2 months ago
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Worth noting - although it's a few years since I've used them - that CalMac, serving the numerous islands on Scotland's west coast are good with bikes. It's getting to the best time of year (Spring) for an island-hopping tour  1

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Chris RideFar | 2 months ago
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I would like to read this in a text format. I don't listen to podcasts. Can you please make a proper article that summarizes the audio content. Thanks.

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hawkinspeter replied to Chris RideFar | 2 months ago
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Chris RideFar wrote:

I would like to read this in a text format. I don't listen to podcasts. Can you please make a proper article that summarizes the audio content. Thanks.

I'd settle for just an AI generated transcript.

(I did just try to see if I could find a free web-based transcription service, but a couple of ones that I tried required signing up to a plan to transcribe more than an hour)

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Paul J | 2 months ago
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I've taken the Stenaline Ferry from Craigryan to Belfast and back before with a bike, around 2016 or so. No issues then. Those ferries do take "foot passengers", but cyclist goes up the vehicle ramp along with the cars.

I don't know of any differences in the ramp and car decks of ferries on services that take foot passengers and ones on services that do not. If they can allow bicycles on the former, they can allow it on the latter.

Sounds like bureaucrats being stupidly officious.

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Steve K | 2 months ago
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I've only once taken a bike on a ferry (other than on the roof of a car) - it wasn't planned and it was very straightforward.  We were coming back from the Isle of Wight last year.  An earlier ferry had had some sort of a mechanical issue so the ferries were running late and there was a backlog.  As a result, they were using an extra deck on the car deck, and therefore couldn't take over-height vehicles - including a car with the bike on the roof.  We were given the simple choice of waiting for a later ferry or me taking the bike on separately.  Obviously we chose the latter and it was all perfectly straightforward.

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