London Underground: Weird quirk that means you might cycle between two stops on the Northern Line

There are some weird rules on the London Underground, like not being drunk (fat chance) or soiling the railway (we hope not).

It also turns out standing on the left of an elevator and joining the back of the queue are actually bye-laws as well, not just a result of being British.

Following on from our previous articles about weird rules on the tube, MyLondon has uncovered a rather odd phenomenon that means you might have to cycle between two stops on the Northern Line.

READ MORE: 13 weird things you can’t do on the London Underground

Cyclists with non-folding bikes travelling between Edgware and Golders Green will be forced to exit at Hendon Central and cycle to Colindale (or vice versa).

The two stops are right next to each other, so it would be a massive inconvenience for anyone hoping to take a non-folding bike on part of their journey to Edgware coming from inner London.

Failing to exit the train between these stops with a non-folding bike would break the conditions of carriage, which means breaking the contract you accept when you buy your tap in – for this you could be refused service, banned or fined.

By the time the doors have closed at Hendon you would be breaking the rules until they opened again at Colindale.

We aren’t sure if anyone has ever fallen foul of the rule, but it would be interesting to find out.

Folding bikes are allowed on the tube at any time

MyLondon asked TfL what the reason for the strange rule was, given that non-folding bikes were allowed in much longer sections without a random gap.

A spokesperson said: “I’m afraid it’s not a very interesting reason – there’s a tunnel section between Hendon Central & Colindale, so TfL Conditions of Carriage specifically exclude non-folding bicycles for that area.”

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You can find the full rules for non-folding bikes on the London Underground below:

  • Allowed Monday to Friday before 07:30, between 09:30 and 16:00, and after 19:00
  • Allowed anytime on weekends and bank holidays, only on the lines listed below
  • Allowed anywhere on Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines.
  • Allowed on Bakerloo between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone, Central between Leyton, Epping and Newbury Park (via Hainault only) and between White City, Ealing Broadway and West Ruislip, Jubilee between Stratford and Canning Town and between Finchley Road and Stanmore, Northern between Golders Green and Hendon Central, between Colindale and Edgware, and between East Finchley, Mill Hill East and High Barnet, and Piccadilly between Oakwood and Cockfosters and between Barons Court, Hounslow West and Uxbridge.

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