Brompton Parliament (Image: Richard Meade) The official Parliament website says that only non-folding bicycles are not allowed in the Houses of Parliament
When the editor of shipping industry publication Lloyd’s List (link is external) , whose day job involves reporting the decarbonisation of global maritime trade, arrived at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday evening for a launch event for a new tidal-powered port he had little worry his own green transport — a Brompton folding bicycle — would be a problem.
Having cycled around London attending events on his trusty folder for over a decade Richard Meade certainly did not expect his mode of transport to be deemed a "security risk" and his access to Parliament refused, not least when trying to attend a green transport event.
"The fact that I was attending a green transport event and being barred for turning up on green transport seems bizarre," Richard told road.cc. "The police did not seem moved by my environmental argument!" I was supposed to be covering a green transport event at the House of Commons this evening. Sadly I have been turned away on account of having tuned up on my fold up bike…. pic.twitter.com/LWZENBiMOQ (link is external) Richard’s invitation to the launch event for the Centre Port Project by MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman clearly did not sway security to allow the folder either.
Since telling his story on social media, several have replied — including road.cc contributor Simon MacMichael — reporting themselves or others being […]