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Learn route planning and traffic skills with an instructor

If you're interested in cycling to work now the weather's finally half-decent, but you're worried about finding a safe route and dealing with heavy traffic in London, you might want to check out one of the Commuter Rides being put on by British Cycling, Sky and local councils.

You don't need us to tell you that cycling to work is cheap, healthy and mood-boosting, as well as often being faster than public transport or driving.

But if you're in need of a confidence boost, a British Cycling instructor will lead you on a safe route, all the while offering tips and advice on how to ride in busy traffic and how to plan an effective commuter route.

The aim of the rides is to give anyone thinking of commuting the tools they need for cycling to work themselves. The ride is also an opportunity to meet other like-minded people who live near you and possibly find a bike buddy to commute with.

In Lewisham, Ladywell Station to London Bridge is being offered at 10am on Saturday 8 September and Saturday 29 September - click on a date to register.

In Tower Hamlets, Victoria Park to Tower Bridge is on Saturday 15th September at 10.00am.

In Camden, Camden Road Station to Bloomsbury Square is on Saturday 22nd September at 10.00am.

In Wandsworth, Wandsworth Park to Westminster Abbey is on Saturday 22nd September at 10.00am.

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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sm [382 posts] 3 years ago
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Hmm, commuting at 10am on the weekend is a different proposition to commuting during a weekday rush hour.  39

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Sarah Barth [86 posts] 3 years ago
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sm wrote:

Hmm, commuting at 10am on the weekend is a different proposition to commuting during a weekday rush hour.  39

I think that's the point - you get the time and space to work out a route and navigate tricky parts without the distraction and stress of heavy traffic.

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That Guy Hex [4 posts] 3 years ago
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Is that really the best photograph you could find of a commuter cyclist?

If you're aiming to raise people's confidence, perhaps you should consider showing something other than one of the lycra-shorts-hi-viz-and-road-bike crew.