Save lots of money on travel expenses and get fit at the same time by exploring the city on a bike.
Over recent years, the capital's cycling network has seen massive improvements, some of which include an increase in cycle lanes and safety campaigns for driver awareness. There are lots of suggestions for scenic cycle routes and safety tips that will help you stay safe and make the most out of enjoying and experiencing London on two wheels.
The London Cycling Campaign has teamed up with Transport for London to come up with some scenic cycle routes which enable you to ride through London's parks, forests and waterways at your own pace in short and simple stages. TFL also offer free cycle guides which have recommended routes by experienced cyclists. Whether you are a serious cyclist or a beginner, there are several organised cycling tours to suit all levels.
While cycling, safety is of utmost importance. Cyclists can help to stay safe by following these guidelines:
There are also free or subsidised cycle training courses for both children and adults to take advantage of in most London boroughs.
It is good to keep in mind that cycling on a public footpath without permission is classed as trespass and riding through a red light can set you back with at least a £50 penalty charge.
The easiest and by far the cheapest way to hire a bike in London would be to hire a 'Boris Bike' for just £2 with Santander cycles, and simply ride and return it when you're done. The payment is taken by bank card at any docking station, without the need to book.
There is a lot of support to enable disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the freedom and health benefits of cycling including inclusive sessions with two, three and four-wheeled cycles, specialist bikes for sale or hire and qualified instructors who can offer help and advice.