Cycling in London

Cycling around London is a great way to cut transport costs, explore the capital and get some exercise at the same time.  Bike riding in London is being made easier and more enjoyable with ongoing improvements to the city, such as the introduction of additional cycle lanes and the public cycle hire scheme.

Bike Riding in London: Safety
When cycling through London's busy traffic, it is essential to wear a helmet. Some people also opt for facemasks. It's very important to be seen by other road users, so wear reflective clothing and make sure your lights are working.

With a few simple precautions, cycling can be a fun way to get to know London. Safety tips and scenic cycle routes can be found at:
   * Transport for London
   * Sustrans
   * London Cycling Campaign website.

Cycling Information: Transport for London (TfL)
The Transport for London website features a host of useful resources for cyclists. You can order printed guides and maps covering the whole of London, discover new leisure routes, get advice on safety and find out about cycling training sessions.

Transport for London's Journey Planner is a handy tool for cyclists as well as those wanting to plan a journey on public transport. Use the advanced options to plan your cycle route.

Cycling for All

Cycling for All is a Croydon-based project that encourages cycling among disabled people. Affiliated to the nationwide project Wheels for Wellbeing, Cycling for All provides instruction in the use of specially adapted cycles at Croydon Sports Arena.

London Bike Hire

Several companies hire out mountain or hybrid bikes in good condition. Deposits of £100 to £200 are generally required (credit cards are accepted), regardless of rental period.

The London Bicycle Tour Company hires bikes at reasonable rates, with lower charges for longer rentals. It also offers daily bike tours of London (weekdays only during the winter season), with or without bike hire.

For shorter journeys around the capital, you may also wish to try out a "Boris bike".

Bicycles on London's Public Transport

Folding bikes may be taken without restriction on all Tube lines, river services, London overground trains, the Tramlink and even on buses, at the driver's discretion. The Docklands Light Railway only accepts folding bikes enclosed in a cover.

Outside peak times, non-folding bicycles may be taken on the following Tube lines: District, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan, and on some sections of other lines. (Peak times are Monday to Friday 7.30am-9.30am and 4pm-7pm.) Non-folding bicycles can also be taken on some sections of the London overground network.

Restrictions on taking folding and non-folding bikes on national trains vary from company to company, so check with your train provider before setting out