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.
Thinking about getting back on your bike? I had been for some time, so tried out one of the free ‘Cycle Skills’ training sessions to see if I could re-build my confidence on two wheels.
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?
Inspired to try out track cycling but aren’t sure where to start? Rosina is a regular visitor to Lee Valley VeloPark, so we asked her to tell us about her experience.
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!
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!
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.
Next in our hand-picked cycling route series is the gorgeous, leafy Lee Valley Artway in North East London.
Set within the beautiful 10,000 acre River Lea Country Park, this 5 mile car-free route has lots of striking sculptures scattered throughout the ride for you to spot.
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. 🚲
This summer, leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and try out our hand-picked cycling routes featuring some of the most beautiful parts of London.
Our first ride is just under 3 miles and takes in the stunning Dulwich Park, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Village and Christ’s Chapel.