Planning a Route

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Preparing a good route is essential for cycling, but luckily it’s one of the most fun parts. There are lots of helpful resources, including:

  • Local borough maps. Contact your local council offices to find out more.
  • Google maps. An especially useful resource which uses the Google map interface is You can interactively plot your route onscreen and find out gradient and distance data.
  • Transport for London cycle guides. You can order them online here.
  • LCN+ maps. These can be viewed online here.
  • A good old-fashioned A to Z!

When you plan your route you should aim for:

  • Quiet roads or roads with cycle paths
  • Low speed limit areas
  • Parks and open spaces which allow cycling

And you should avoid:

  • Very busy junctions
  • Large and fast roundabouts
  • Dual carriageways
  • Routes heavy with lorries
  • Pavements. It’s illegal to cycle on the pavement, unless it’s signed as a shared-use path for cyclists and pedestrians.

If any of these are unavoidable, you can always get off and push!


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