Guided cycle rides will take place this summer to get Londoners used to the new Barclays Cycle Superhighway routes.
The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have announced a programme of rides, starting with two pilot routes that launch on Monday 19 July and run from Merton to the City and from Barking to Tower Gateway.
The first rides will take place on launch day, and then rides will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for four subsequent weeks. Depending on demand, the rides will depart from the following eight different locations along – or close to – the Superhighways.
- Colliers Wood to City, departs from Baltic Close/High Street at 0730
- Wandsworth to City, departs from Nightingale Lane/Bolingbroke Grove at 0745
- Tooting Bec to City, departs from Balham High Road/Trinity Road at 0745
- Brixton to City, departs from Brixton Road opposite Brixton Tube station at 0745
- Clapham to City, departs from Bus Stop E at Clapham Common at 0745
- Barking to West End via City, departs from DLR Station forecourt at 0730
- Beckton to West End via City, departs from DLR station forecourt at 0730
- Poplar to West End via City, departs from Tower Hamlets College, 112 Poplar High Street at 0745
Participating cyclists will be greeted by trained marshals from the London Cycling Campaign, who will give each bicycle a basic check before leading the riders into central London, arriving before 9am.
Full details of the rides are available on the TfL website.
Those wanting to join one of the rides must register their interest in advance by emailing smartertravel [at] tfl.gov.uk and will be sent a confirmation email with information on the ride start points and times.
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s Transport Advisor, said, “With the Capital’s two flagship cycling schemes just around the corner, more and more Londoners are switching to the joys of pedal power. These guided cycle rides, launching alongside the start of our Superhighways, are a simple way of offering support to new cyclists who would like a little extra help to gain the confidence they need to get onto two wheels.”
Ben Plowden, Director of Better Routes and Places at TfL, said, “Cycling has soared in popularity in London in recent years but swapping to a pedal powered commute can be daunting. For this reason, TfL is offering guided cycle rides with the aim of encouraging as many Londoners as possible to reap the benefits of getting to work or college by bike.”