List of cycle routes in London

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For those cycling in, around or across London a network of cycleways called the London Cycle Network exists within the London Metropolitan Area as well as an emerging network of "Cycle Superhighways". Also a number of national and international cycling routes pass through, or originate in, London.

London Cycle Network routes[edit]

Direction signs for multiple London Cycle Network routes.
Road marking to indicate street is part of a London Cycle Network route.
Examples of route confirmation signage and road markings for London Cycle Network routes.
Other Signage for LCN routes including Directions, Destinations and Distances

Several London Cycle Network routes are signposted with route numbers, depending on whether the route is considered to be radial or orbital and which of four sectors the route is contained within. Some of these routes are also part of the National Cycle Network - these are signposted with route numbers on a red background. The LCN route numbers are broadly grouped as follows:[1]

Quadrant Radial Orbital
Central 0-9 N/A
NE 10-19 50-59
SE 20-29 60-69
SW 30-39 70-79
NW 40-49 80-89

The route numbers currently in use with details of the primary destinations served (other destinations are in brackets) are as follows:[1][2]

  • 0 7 Stations Circular, City - (Waterloo) – Westminster – (Paddington) – (Kings Cross)
  • 1 NCN, Dartford - Greenwich – (Lea Valley) – Tottenham – (Edmonton) - Waltham Abbey
  • 2 A2, Bexleyheath, Eltham, Greenwich - Central London / Westminster
  • 3 old A3, (Esher) - Kingston - (Wandsworth) – Battersea - Central London
  • 4 NCN. Greenwich - Westminster or Central London – (Barnes) - Kingston - Windsor
  • 5 old A5, (Elstree) - Edgware – Kilburn – Westminster – Battersea
  • 6 Barnet - Camden –(West End) – (Waterloo) - Elephant and Castle
  • 6 NCN, Paddington – (Alperton) - Uxbridge
  • 7 Elephant and Castle - City - (Finsbury Park) - Wood Green – (Southgate)
  • 8 Includes Market Porters & 7 Stations, Hammersmith - (Paddington) - (Angel) - Hackney – (Wanstead)
  • 9 Epping – (Chingford) - Walthamstow - Hackney - City
  • 10 A10, Cheshunt - Enfield - Tottenham - City – (Southwark Bridge) - Elephant and Castle
  • 11 A11, Epping - (Woodford) - (Leytonstone) - Stratford - City
  • 12 A12, Romford - Ilford - Stratford - City
  • 13 NCN, Purfleet – Rainham – (Royal Docks) – City
  • 12 A13, Tilbury - Rainham - (Canning Town) – City
  • 14 Islington – Finsbury Park – Hornsey - Alexander Palace
  • 15 (Upminster) - Barking - (Canning Town) - City
  • 16 Newham Greenway, Beckton – Stratford – (Cambridge Heath)
  • 17 Greenwich Park – Lewisham – Catford – Beckenham, West Wickham
  • 18 Dartford - Erith - Woolwich - Greenwich
  • 19 Dartford - Bexleyheath - Greenwich
  • 20 A20, Swanley - (Chislehurst) – Lewisham – (Deptford) – (Surrey Docks)
  • 20 NCN Wandle Trail, Carshalton – (Wandsworth)
  • 21 NCN Waterlink Way, Greenwich – Lewisham - Catford – (Elmers End) – (New Addington) - Crawley
  • 22 Orpington - Bromley – Catford - Peckham - Central London
  • 23 A23, Purley - Croydon - Crystal Palace - (Camberwell) - Central London
  • 24 Carshalton – (Wandsworth)
  • 25 South Circular - Woolwich - Catford - (Clapham) – (Barnes)
  • 26 Eltham - Crystal Palace – Streatham – (Wandsworth) – Hammersmith – (Willesden)
  • 27 Part A21, Sevenoaks - Bromley - Crystal Palace – Battersea
  • 28 Bromley – Lee - Greenwich
  • 29 Sutton – Wimbledon – Wandsworth
  • 30 A30, Staines - (Osterley)
  • 31 A3 Kingston by-pass parallel, Leatherhead - (Hook) – (New Malden) - Hammersmith
  • 32 (Ewell) – Kingston – (Whitton)?- Hounslow - Hayes
  • 33 Leatherhead - (Chessington) - Kingston - Richmond
  • 34 (Sunbury) – Hounslow – (Southall)
  • 35 A315 - Staines - Hounslow - (Chiswick ) - Hammersmith
  • 36 A316 - (Sunbury) - Twickenham - Hammersmith -
  • 37 A316 parallel, (Feltham) - Twickenham - Richmond – (Wandsworth) - Central London
  • 38 Wimbledon – Putney - Westminster
  • 39 A4020 Uxbridge Road - Uxbridge - Ealing - (Shepherds Bush) - Central London
  • 40 A40 (Hillingdon) - (Greenford) – (Hanger Lane) - Central London
  • 41 Uxbridge Road parallel, (Acton) – Ealing – (Hayes)
  • 42 Grand Union Canal, Westminster - Hayes
  • 44 A4 - Slough - (Osterley) – Hammersmith – (Hyde Park Corner)
  • 45 Harrow - Wembley - Kensington – Battersea
  • 46 (Fulham) – (Willesden)
  • 47 (Queens Park) – Wembley – (Kenton)
  • 48 Kilburn – Wembley –(Kingsbury)
  • 49 (Hendon) - Harrow - (Pinner) – (Northwood)
  • 50 (Marylebone) – (Hendon) - Potters Bar
  • 54 (Alexandra Palace) - Wood Green – Tottenham - Walthamstow
  • 55 Barking - Ilford – (Wanstead)
  • 57 (Dagenham) - Epping
  • 58 (Rainham) – Romford - Epping
  • 59 (Rainham) – (Harold Hill)
  • 60 (Collier Row)
  • 61 Romford – (Bedfords Park)
  • 62 Greenwich – (Forest Hill)
  • 63 Greenwich - Bromley
  • 64 (Greenwich Dome) – (Mottingham)
  • 67 Bromley (Chislehurst) - Woolwich
  • 68 Bexley – (Abbey Wood)
  • 69 Orpington – (Bexley) - Dartford
  • 73 Croydon – Wimbledon - Richmond
  • 74 Streatham - Wimbledon - Kingston – Feltham - Heathrow
  • 75 Woolwich Eltham - Bromley - Croydon - Sutton - Kingston - Twickenham - Ealing
  • 76 Orpington - Croydon – Sutton - (Ewell)
  • 77 (New Beckenham) - (South Croydon) - (Ewell)
  • 84 (Park Royal) – (Hendon)
  • 85 Barnet - Hendon – (Hanger Lane) - Ealing
  • 86 (Brentford) – Ealing - (Perivale) - (Sudbury)
  • 87 (Brentford) - (Hanwell) - (Greenford) – (Rayners Lane)
  • 88 A312, Feltham - (Hayes by pass), - (South Ruislip) - (Rayners Lane) - Edgware
  • 89 (Heathrow) - (West Drayton) - Uxbridge - (Hatch End) - (Stanmore) -Barnet

Cycle Superhighways[edit]

Cycle Superhighway CS7 start point at Colliers Wood Underground Station
Cycling conditions on CS2 at Aldgate East tube station.
CS2 in Stratford in September 2014

12 new bicycle routes, dubbed Cycle Superhighways, were announced in 2008 by Mayor Ken Livingstone,[3] with the aim of creating continuous routes into central London by the end of 2012.

As of 2012 only four such routes, CS3 (Barking to Tower Gateway), CS7 (Merton to the City), CS2 (Stratford to Aldgate) and CS8 (Wandsworth to Westminster) are operational; the others are now scheduled to be completed by 2015.[4]

All 12 routes have been mapped.[5] They are (completed routes in bold):

  1. Tottenham to Liverpool Street (A10)
  2. Stratford to Aldgate (A118 - A11) (map)
  3. Barking to Tower Gateway (A13) (map)
  4. Woolwich to Tower Bridge (A206 - A200)
  5. New Cross to Victoria (A20 - A202) Originally planned to start in Lewisham
  6. Penge to City (Borough roads - via Camberwell and Elephant and Castle)
  7. Merton to City (A24 - A3) (map)
  8. Wandsworth to Westminster (A3 - A3205 - Vauxhall Cross) (map)
  9. Hounslow to Hyde Park Corner (A4 - borough roads) Original planned to start in Heathrow [6]
  10. Cricklewood to Marble Arch (A5)
  11. Park Royal to Hyde Park Corner 10 (A40 - borough roads)
  12. East Finchley to Angel (A1 - A1000)

The London Cycling Campaign proposed a manifesto concerning safety, cycle priority and junction design along the Superhighways.[7] The new Mayor Boris Johnson declined to sign it, but said that TfL would take stakeholders' views into account.[8]

The implementation of the routes has drawn criticism as being unsafe, for example from urbanist and author Charles Montgomery, who, writing in The Guardian, described them as "inherently dangerous pieces of infrastructure... [that lead] cyclists directly into confrontation with other vehicles".[9]

An unofficial photo journey with commentary along the current super highways is available.[10]

The building of the routes has not been without opposition. On 19 July 2011 the Mayor's office announced the opening of two more cycle superhighways, CS2 from Bow to Aldgate and CS8 from Westminster to Wandsworth.[11] CS2 was originally being planned to extend as far as Ilford, but was met with opposition by the Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales. Blaming enough roadworks already on Stratford High Street, Sir Robin Wales made the decision to block the route from entering Newham on the grounds of cyclists' safety. The route has since been extended east around the A11/A12 roundabout as far as the Stratford gyratory.

National and international routes[edit]

Route number design for NCN routes. Unlike local or regional routes, NCN routes use a red background.

National Cycle Network routes[edit]

Three National Cycle Network (NCN) routes pass through London: these are the NCN1 (Dover to Shetland), NCN4 (London to Fishguard) and NCN21 (Greenwich to Pevensey).

EuroVelo and other international routes[edit]

Two EuroVelo routes pass through London: these are EuroVelo 2 (dubbed the Capitals' Route, which runs between Ireland and Moscow) and EuroVelo 5 (called the Via Romea Francigena, which runs between London and Rome).

Other international routes include the Avenue Verte route which runs between London and Paris. The Avenue Verte follows the NCN21 for much of the way out of London and crosses the English Channel via the NewhavenDieppe ferry.

TfL Cycling Guides[edit]

Transport for London publish several cycling maps which cover the following regions (by guide number):[12]

  1. Central London
  2. Edgware, Mill Hill, Finchley, Barnet, Wood Green, Enfield, Tottenham, Chingford
  3. Northwood, Pinner, Ruislip, Stanmore, Harrow, Wembley, Kenton, Edgware, Mill Hill, Hendon
  4. Mill Hill, Hendon, Hampstead, Finchley, Wood Green, Tottenham, Chingford, Woodford, Walthamstow, Hackney, Islington
  5. Woodford, Wanstead, Ilford, Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster, Harold Wood
  6. Uxbridge, Hayes, Heathrow, Hounslow, Southall, Greenford, Ealing, Willesden, Acton, Chiswick
  7. Kensington, Battersea, Brixton, Willesden, Camden Town, Islington, Stepney, West Ham, Poplar, Greenwich, Woolwich
  8. Beckton, Barking, Dagenham, Charlton, Woolwich, Plumstead, Erith, Eltham
  9. Hounslow, Heathrow, Feltham, Chiswick, Twickenham, Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston, Surbiton, Sutton
  10. Bromley, Beckenham, Crystal Palace, Catford, Lewisham, Streatham, Mitcham, Wandsworth, Kingston, Surbiton
  11. Lewisham, Catford, Beckenham, Bromley, Eltham, Bexley, Sidcup, Chislehurst, Orpington
  12. Sutton, Coulsdon, Sanderstead, Purley, Carshalton, Croydon
  13. Coulsdon, Sanderstead, Purley, Croydon, New Addington, Farnborough, Biggin Hill
  14. Hampstead, Tottenham, Wood Green, Stoke Newington, Hackney, Clapham, Tooting, Sydenham

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Currently issued and used LCN Route Numbering and Destinations". LCN+ Maps Website. London Cycle Network. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "London Cycle Network - the Official Map 2004". London Cycle Network.org.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Matthew (9 February 2008). "City's two-wheel transformation". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cycle Superhighways | Transport for London". Tfl.gov.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Barclays Cycle Superhighways Map" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  6. ^ "London Assembly - Mayor Answers". Legacy.london.gov.uk. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  7. ^ Cycle Superhighways manifesto says make routes attractive to novice cyclists, LCC, Sept 2009
  8. ^ LCC, London Cyclist magazine, December 2009, p7.
  9. ^ Montgomery, Charles (15 November 2013). "London's 'cycling superhighways' are ideal … for kamikazes". Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Truth About London’s Cycle Superhighways – Part 4". This Big City. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  11. ^ By Dean. "Two New Cycle Superhighways Open". Londonist. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  12. ^ "Free local cycle guides". Transport for London Website. Transport for London. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 

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