Here is a highly useful collection of websites you can use to plan your cycling route around London. Some, such as the Sustrans website, help you locate where the cycle network routes are and others are good for discovering other peoples recommended routes. These are useful to consult if your simply looking for a leisurely weekend cycle and don’t know where to go or want to get from one side of the city to the other avoiding traffic as much as possible.
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Sustrans – National Cycle Network
Lists all the UK national cycle routes and whether they are on the road or traffic free. Unfortunately you cannot export the routes. www.sustrans.org.uk
CycleStreets attempts to map out the best route for you based on its data as to which roads are friendly to cyclists. It then lists the route with easy turn by turn directions and tells you which roads are nightmarish and which are good. It does so through use of OpenStreetMap and OpenCycleMap which cyclists can add to. It is a bit rough around the edges but a fantastic site none the less. www.cyclestreets.net
Place to download others London cycle routes or add your own. It has a good widescreen layout and is advert free. Loving the export functionality to Google Earth or as a GPX file. What makes this site stand out is that it is really good for printing the route (Highly useful for me as I always end up getting lost) www.bikemap.net
Camden Cycling Campaign London Cycle Map
Camden Cyclists come to the rescue with this very useful map which shows you where all the cycle paths are so you can plan your journey around them. http://maps.camdencyclists.org.uk/allroutes/
This is one of my favourites. It is where I posted my Birmingham to London cycle route and it is a really great site with lots of features. I especially like the ability to add photos of routes you add. It also offers good integration with the iPhone. You can export to Google Earth or GPX. Probably the best site for sharing your route with others. www.everytrail.com
Transport for London Journey Planner
The journey planner on the TfL website now has an option to choose to go by bike. Results can vary but none the less you may find this useful for planning your routes. http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk
Big list of bike routes submitted by other users. The site can however be a little temperamental, one day it works and one day it doesn’t. A little like the tube really! Exports to GPX and Google Earth. www.bikely.com
London canal route maps
There are plenty of canals you can cycle down in London and the waterscape website helps list some of them. http://www.waterscape.com/things-to-do/cycling
Very in-your-face advertising which can ruin the experience. None the less there is a good number of London cycle routes to have a look through. It can export to GPX or Google Earth. Also there is an iPhone app to go with it. www.mapmyride.com
TfL cycle guides
The TfL website has a number of free maps you can order off them so you can plan your London cycle routes in the traditional tree killing form. www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/
You may also be interested in..
- 30 awesome London Cycle Routes
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- Richmond Park and Thames Cycle Route
- Bike apps for the iPhone
- iPhone bike mount – carry your iPhone with you
- More London cycle routes
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