Car-free day a great success

Friday 22 September was World Car Free day and schools, parents, pupils and teachers in London took part in a special car-free day as part of Transport for London’s STARS scheme. STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) is TfL’s flagship schools scheme, engaging young Londoners to travel actively and safely.

These pupils are Junior Travel Ambassadors at Alexander McLeod Primary School, Greenwich

Legible London: Maps launched for 10th anniversary

Legible London is 10 years old this year, and we’re celebrating a decade of the wayfinding signs that have proved so useful in helping people navigate their way through the capital’s streets. There are over 1,700 signs on the streets – look out for the distinctive navy blue and yellow signs to help you get around London.

Making a monster bike

Summer holidays can feel like they go on forever and, towards the end of it, the days just seem to repeat themselves. So, after being strapped in a pram for weeks, endless play dough sessions, never-ending rolling around in blankets, curtains and laundry and working nightshifts building things with bricks, my son had just had enough. Was there nothing better to do?

Why we love our cargo bike

I love cycling. I’d commuted to work for over 7 years in London before I had children and I loved the freedom and flexibility it gave me. Having children was joyous, but it was a big change – prams, napping and the safety of something so small meant cycling was on hold for a bit. However, once my daughter got bigger and more robust I was happy to gain a second hand wee-rider seat and start going places again. We did it, and it was fun!

Cargo bike

Short and scenic routes – The Wandle Trail

Next in our series of scenic cycle rides is the lovely Wandle Trail in South West London.

We rode a 7 mile section of this route between Earlsfield and Hackbridge. There are train stations at each end so it’s easy to reach with your bike if you’re coming from somewhere else. The whole trail is 12 miles if you’re feeling energetic!

Short and scenic rides – Colne Valley Park

Next in our hand-picked cycling route series is the beautiful Colne Valley Park.

The eight mile, mostly car-free route is set in Colne Valley Park, a 27,500 acre area of peaceful, tranquil parks, green spaces and reservoirs between the River Colne and the Grand Union Canal. It’s a circular route starting at Uxbridge and with lots of open space is a great place to get back on your bike if you haven’t cycled for a while.

The Women’s Tour visits London for the first time

On Sunday June 11th London hosted Stage 5 of the Women’s Tour, as the UK’s leading women’s cycling race visited the capital for the first time. The route started and finished at Regent Street St James and took in some famous sights along the way, as the riders passed through Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. This post shows some of the day’s highlights. 

🚲 If you’re interested in cycling in London, find out more about the support available to hone your skills and build your confidence by visiting the Cycling section of our website. 🚲

Photo Highlights

London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman joins 9-year old Tom, winner of the Design a Flag Competition, to get the race underway!