Update Initial reports seem positive: “The first cycle Friday has gone really well. We were targeting around 25 new riders per ride and we were pleased with the support. There were two rides of 24 people from Brixton, and the Greenwich ride saw a similar turnout.”
Cycle Fridays is the newest initiative by Transport for London and London Cycling Campaign to encourage people who have never cycled before to make a start with the help of a marshal and in the comfort of a group ride.
The organised routes will be running every Friday (Starting today!) until the 2nd of October. The total of 8 cycle Fridays should give plenty of people an opportunity to get started.
As the rides are meant for beginners organisers have allocated up to an hour to complete the routes though in reality for more seasoned cyclists the routes won’t take anywhere near that long. Hopefully this won’t put people off (especially with a start time of 8am!). For anyone out there doubting whether their bike is even road worthy the LCC marshals will be providing bike checkups. Additionally advice on safe cycling will be provided (worth a visit if you are interested in this is also the TfL cycle safety video).
No doubt this initiative has been born out of the “bike tubes” that took place during the recent tube strikes. During that initiative people had mixed reviews of the effectiveness and attendance varied. Hopefully this regular Friday slot will work well.
- Brixton to Russell Square
- Finsbury Park to City (St Pauls)
- Mile end to City (St Pauls)
- Ravenscourt Park to Trafalgar Square
- Swiss Cottage to Holborn continuing to the City
- Greenwich to City
Check out the TfL Cycle Fridays site for more information.
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