Bromptons in Museums and Art Galleries

Every time I visit London, with my Brompton bicycle of course, I try to find time to take in a museum or art gallery. Some are very accommodating and will cheerfully look after a folded Brompton in a cloakroom (e.g. Tate Modern, Science Museum) or, more informally, in an office or behind the security desk (Bank of England Museum, Petrie Museum, Geffrye Museum; thanks folks).


Brompton bicycle folded

When folded, Brompton bikes take up very little space

Others, without a cloakroom, have lockers for bags and coats, but these are too small for a Brompton (e.g. Imperial War Museum, Museum of London) or they simply refuse to accept one (V&A, British Museum).

A Brompton bike is not something you want to chain up in the street, and carrying a hefty bike-lock would defeat the purpose of the bike’s portability.


Jack Wills, New Street (geograph 4944811)

This Brompton bike hire unit, in Birmingham, can store ten folded bikes each side. The design could be repurposed for use at venues like museums or galleries.

I have an idea. Brompton could work with museums — in London, where Brompton bikes are ubiquitous, and elsewhere, though my Brompton and I have never been turned away from a museum outside London — to install lockers which can take a folded Brompton. These could be inside with the bag lockers (preferred) or outside, using the same units as their bike hire scheme (pictured above).

Where has your Brompton had a good, or bad, reception?

Update

Less than two hours after I posted this, Will Butler-Adams, MD of Brompton, >replied to me on Twitter:

so now I’m reaching out to museums, in London to start with, to see who’s interested.

About Andy Mabbett

Enjoying my freelance career, helping organisations to understand on-line communities, open content, and related issues; often as a Wikimedian (or Wikipedian) in Residence.
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One Response to Bromptons in Museums and Art Galleries

  1. Eugenie Kang says:

    Hello!
    I am new to cycling scene and a Brompton, and absolutely appreciating this post! I鈥檝e actually been checking around most of the cultural venues in London regarding folding bicycles, and unfortunately Tate Modern does not accomodate folding bicycles any longer. I鈥檓 quite gutted since it鈥檚 my go to gallery, maybe you鈥檙e too?

    It seems despite London鈥檚 promotional campaign for cycling, cultural venues due to security and other unknown reasons are going backwards. Most major galleries and museums only don鈥檛 accept a folding bike at the time of writing, with less than a week from Prudential 2018.

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