With the right route, you can enjoy a pleasant, quiet and scenic bike ride even from the center of London.
In a hurry? Visit our pre-planned routes page to find your perfect route.
There’s an increasingly large network of safe and pleasant cycling routes in London using cycleways, bike lanes (many built thanks to LCC campaigning) and quiet back routes that keep you away from busy motor traffic. Cyclestreets shows most cycle routes (although also shows planned ones that have not yet been built). Citymapper is a good app to have on your phone to plan your journeys.
Cycle routes are often marked with a white bicycle painted on the road or on a blue sign. The cycle network in London is still being developed and quality of the wayfinding is variable. Transport for London and local councils have built number of cycleways, cycle superhighways, quietways and numerous cycle paths. The newer ones are of high quality and are continuous – older infrastructure may not be so good and often stop at difficult junctions. There is also the National Cycle Network often marked by a red square – these often go through parks or other off road routes which may not be safe or open after dark.
Not all good cycling streets are marked as cycle paths. There are many low traffic streets with less motor vehicles that are good for cycling as well as many off-road routes.
Although nothing beats exploring your local area and discovering shorts cuts and back streets cafes.
When you plan your route you will want to consider the following:
If you want help in planning a new route then LCC’s cycle buddies project can help link you up with experienced cyclist. They will use local knowledge to help you plan new routes and then practice using it with you. Cycle Trainers can also incorporate this into a cycle training session.
LCC are campaigning for a network of well signposted cycle ways and quiet routes across all of London.
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