What’s the collective noun for bicycles?

Ross Hall

June 10, 2021
(Updated on July 8, 2021)

A collection of bicycles parked by the side of the road in Nihonheso Park in Japan

If sensible people get their way, we’ll see a lot more bicycles parked on our roads. So what should we call them? A herd? A flock? A school?

There’s no collective noun for bicycles. You could look to “Peloton“, although this is a term unique to road racing and implies movement. Otherwise, your average bike is expected to be a solitary creature.

The collective wisdom of Twitter has given us the “Whir”. I like this as it puts me in mind of a murmuration, a peculiarity of nature where birds dart and swirl in mesmerising patterns. Not unlike bicycles in many respects.

The next time you see a collection of bicycles think to yourself, “It’s a whir”.

It’ll soon catch on.

Born in the UK in the early 70s, I’ve enjoyed a diverse and eclectic career. I spent time in IBM, survived the dot.com bust, got myself well known in Insurance, and lived through more digital transformation projects than is healthy. In late ’20, in the middle of a pandemic, I upped sticks and moved to Kobe, Japan with my wife.

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