Cycling in London
Cycling in London is a statement and often one that is very (style-) consciously made. In some of the trendy boroughs in the east, cycling takes a modal share of 25 per cent, and not much less at rush hour on the bridges leading into the city like at Waterloo.
However, overall only 2 per cent of all of the million trips made every day are done by bike.
This is changing and change is driven by everyone who takes the wheels as well as numerous initiatives and even the government.
London is great for cycling if you know where to go (no worries, that’s what we are here for). Quiet roads edged with Victorian style houses offer safe and relaxed riding in a human scale surrounding rarely found in other metropolis.
Eight Royal Parks, some of them vast, all of them green and very well groomed, offer space for recreation as well as green links. The latter is true in blue for the Thames path (in some parts) and the town path along Regent’s Canal – a secret favourite of cyclists and pedestrians alike.
For those in business or under time pressure, the bus lanes will be the route of choice as they are free for cyclists. Among commuters, the average speed in the city is rather high: pedal hard and fast to be ahead of the cars, one could say.
Whatever your bike or riding style, we will find you a way through this exciting city. Welcome to London!
Cycle Route Planner London
Check out the Cycle Route Planner London for finding the most convenient way from point to point and don’t forget to try the new 5 mins by Bike tool, which shows you which amazing distances you can cover when cycling in London for just 5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes.
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