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TfL Launches Cycle Sundays to Encourage Leisure Cycling Across London

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Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled a new initiative, TfL Cycle Sundays, aimed at encouraging Londoners, particularly those new to cycling, to explore the capital by bike. The programme offers a variety of leisurely cycle routes, cycling discounts, training, and safety tips through a dedicated website.

TfL Cycle Sundays features easy-to-follow routes across London, accessible to cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities. These routes, curated in partnership with organisations such as British Cycling, Cycle Sisters, JoyRiders, London Cycling Campaign, Sustrans, and Wheels for Wellbeing, include park rides in Greenwich and Battersea, a tour of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and loops through parks in Haringey. The routes, which span up to ten miles on quiet roads and paths, are designed to boost both physical and mental health.

The initiative provides a comprehensive support system for new cyclists. The TfL Cycle Sundays website lists all available routes and offers additional resources like cycling discounts, links to cycling events, and access to a free online Cycle Skills course for beginners or those needing a refresher.

TfL has also partnered with Strava to make route tracking easier. Cyclists can join the TfL Cycle Sundays Club on the Strava app, which offers real-time navigation, route length tracking, difficulty level, elevation data, and traffic information. Strava is free to download and joining the club connects users with other cyclists and friends.

For those without a bike, Santander Cycles offers an affordable option. The Day Pass allows unlimited 30-minute journeys for just £3. E-bikes are available to Day Pass holders for an additional £1 per half hour. Non-members can hire e-bikes for £3.30 per 30-minute ride, or £1 per 60 minutes for monthly and annual members. TfL plans to add 1,400 new e-bikes to the scheme this summer, tripling the current number and further promoting cycling accessibility.

Road safety remains a priority for TfL, as fear of collisions is a major barrier to cycling uptake. London now boasts over 360km of strategic cycle routes, and TfL continues to expand this network. With £19.5 million allocated for this financial year, new Cycleways will be completed between Lea Bridge and Dalston, Deptford and Deptford Creek, and Hammersmith and Kensington Olympia. Further Cycleways will be developed in Bexley, Harrow, Hounslow, Bromley, and Redbridge.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, expressed his support for the initiative: “I’m committed to enabling more Londoners to experience the joys of cycling in the capital. TfL is offering a range of cycling discounts and training, as well as highlighting leisure routes people can use in their local area. Those who don’t have their own bike can hire one from the 800 Santander docking stations dotted around the capital and take advantage of the Day Pass, allowing unlimited journeys under 30 minutes from £3. I hope this exciting initiative encourages more Londoners to get out cycling and incorporate active travel into their daily lives.”

TfL Cycle Sundays aims to make cycling a more accessible and enjoyable mode of transport for all Londoners, fostering a healthier, more active city.