Things to know when cycling in London

People cycling Santander Cyclies in London

Your wheels are rolling, the breeze is tingling your face and the city is gliding by, giving you a whole new view of London – you’re on a city cycle ride. 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♂️

We don’t want it to be more than you can handle-bar, so to help you get to grips with your wheels, and the city, we’ve got a few useful things for you to know….👇

Learn how to cycle for free

Group of cyclists attending cycling training

Everyone was a beginner once so whether you’re a total newbie or you need to refresh your cycle skills, you can get free cycle training all over the city. 👏

Take folded cycles on all our services

Cycling for your commute or just fancy a trip out? If you’ve got a folded cycle, you can take it anywhere, at any time on all our transport services. 🚆 🚌 🚊

If you’ve got a non-folded cycle, you can take it on some services at specific times. 🚲

Use cycle parking all over the city

Woman using a cycle parking hanger London

You don’t need to tyre yourself out looking for somewhere to park your cycle.

You can choose from over 20,000 cycle parking spaces at stations, 7,200 cyclehangers and more than 150,000 spaces on streets across London. 🙌

Plan your cycle route

Want to take a ride down a Cycleway? Find a new route to commute to work? Or plan a leisurely ride along the Thames?

You can use our cycle map to plan your journey. 📍 To get started, here’s some routes for you try!

Cycling is for everyone

People cycling on a bicycle and hand bike

There are amazing charities in London who support disabled people to cycle, including Wheels for Wellbeing.

You can join cycling sessions on adapted cycles to help keep you fit and independent.

You don’t need your own cycle

Girl riding a Santander Cycles in Chelsea London

In 2019, 4.9 million people used Santander Cycles to travel 300,000,000 km – that’s nearly three return trips to Mars! 👽

So, if you don’t have your own cycle, you can hire a Santander Cycle from as little as £2! Plus, to get pedalling even quicker, you can download the Santander Cycles app.

Cycle from London to Brighton

Cycle route sign

If you’re geared up for a cycling marathon, there’s lots of great cycling events throughout the year to get involved in – you can even cycle from London to Brighton! (make sure you’ve got a comfy seat!). 😳

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