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Cycling in London

Discover the best of London on two wheels.

Like to get out on your bike more but not sure where to start? With Sky Ride Local we’ve done all the planning for you.

We’ve found the best routes, trained up Ride Leaders to guide and support you, and picked some cracking places to visit along the way. With three different levels, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re building your confidence or looking to stretch your legs on a cycling challenge.

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Hounslow - Osterley & Syon Parks Circular - 14 miler

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 10.00am (Hounslow) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
8+ (children 8-15 with adult)
105 mins

Kingston upon Thames - Waterways & Woodlands - 12 miler

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 10.00am (Kingston upon Thames) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
Anyone
105 mins

Barnet - Mill Hill Island Hopping - 10 miler

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 10.00am (Barnet) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
Anyone
90 mins

Newham - Newham's Gold Medal Loop - 14 miler

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 10.00am (Newham) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
8+ (children 8-15 with adult)
90 mins

Barking & Dagenham - City Streets & Park Life - 10 miler

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 10.00am (Barking and Dagenham) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
Anyone
90 mins

Haringey - Wildlife & Wilderness (Inclusive) - 5 miler

Sunday 5th July 2015 at 11.00am (Haringey) Book Now
Easygoing Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding?  Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.
Anyone
60 mins

About London cycling

Cyclists

Discover London on your bike!

With Transport for London’s local cycling guides you can discover family-friendly routes through parks, waterways and forests.

Order free cycle guides

There are 14 routes that have printed guides that have been recommended by experienced cyclists and will help you navigate the streets of London.

Cycle Superhighways

Cycle Superhighways are cycle routes running from outer London into and across central London. They give you safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city and could be your best and quickest way to get to work.

Leisure Routes

Discover London's hidden gems with TfL’s cycle leisure routes

Cycle training

London cycle training session

You can request cycle training where you live, work or study and it is open to all ages and abilities.

Whether you are looking to build confidence or learn more about cycling at night, dealing with difficult junctions or road positioning, there are levels to suit all. Every London borough offers free or heavily-subsidised training.

London cycle training session

For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cycletraining and to book your free two-hour session, email your name, contact number and preferred start location to cycletraining@tfl.gov.uk quoting code CET1.

Met Police

Exchanging Places

The Met Police are working to help cyclists understand the dangers of cycling around HGVs and to encourage mutual understanding on the roads in London. Find out more about Exchanging places with this video:

More information on the initiative, and locations for Exchanging Places events in London, is also available on the Met Police website.

Bike Marking and Registering

The Met Police are also running free Bike marking and registering events to help people in London keep their bikes safe. For more information about forthcoming bike marking events, visit the website

Santander Cycles

Santander Cycle Hire

Santander Cycles is London’s self service, bike sharing scheme for short journeys.

You don’t need to be a member – just hire a bike, ride it where you like and return it to any docking station ready for the next person.

  • Available 24 hours a day, every single day of the year
  • Choose from more than 10,000 bikes at over 700 docking stations
  • With docking stations every 300 – 500 metres, you should never be far away from a bike.

Costs start from £2 for 24 hour bike access including unlimited rides of under 30 minutes.

For more details including up-to-the-minute information about which docking stations have bikes and spaces available, visit the TfL website

Support

Wheels for Wellbeing - British Cycling

Wheels for Wellbeing

British Cycling is proud to work with Wheels for Wellbeing across London. Advice and support from Wheels for Wellbeing is helping us in our partnership work with Transport for London, as well as with local boroughs across the capital, as we ensure our rides and programmes are enjoyed by the widest possible audience. 

Find out more about Wheels for Wellbeing.