List of cycle routes in London
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
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:
- 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 - (Shepherd's 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 (Queen's 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
As of 2012[update] 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.
All 12 routes have been mapped. They are (completed routes in bold):
- Tottenham to Liverpool Street (A10)
- Stratford to Aldgate (A118 - A11) (map)
- Barking to Tower Gateway (A13) (map)
- Woolwich to Tower Bridge (A206 - A200)
- New Cross to Victoria (A20 - A202) Originally planned to start in Lewisham
- Penge to City (Borough roads - via Camberwell and Elephant and Castle)
- Merton to City (A24 - A3) (map)
- Wandsworth to Westminster (A3 - A3205 - Vauxhall Cross) (map)
- Hounslow to Hyde Park Corner (A4 - borough roads) Original planned to start in Heathrow 
- Cricklewood to Marble Arch (A5)
- Park Royal to Hyde Park Corner 10 (A40 - borough roads)
- East Finchley to Angel (A1 - A1000)
The London Cycling Campaign proposed a manifesto concerning safety, cycle priority and junction design along the Superhighways. The new Mayor Boris Johnson declined to sign it, but said that TfL would take stakeholders' views into account.
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".
An unofficial photo journey with commentary along the current super highways is available.
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. 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.
TfL are also promoting "Quietways" which are cycle routes on routes with low volumes of traffic. The first Quietway will launch in 2015 between Waterloo, Bermondsey, Deptford and Greenwich.
National and international routes
National Cycle Network routes
EuroVelo and other international routes
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 Newhaven – Dieppe ferry.
TfL Cycling Guides
- Central London
- Edgware, Mill Hill, Finchley, Barnet, Wood Green, Enfield, Tottenham, Chingford
- Northwood, Pinner, Ruislip, Stanmore, Harrow, Wembley, Kenton, Edgware, Mill Hill, Hendon
- Mill Hill, Hendon, Hampstead, Finchley, Wood Green, Tottenham, Chingford, Woodford, Walthamstow, Hackney, Islington
- Woodford, Wanstead, Ilford, Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster, Harold Wood
- Uxbridge, Hayes, Heathrow, Hounslow, Southall, Greenford, Ealing, Willesden, Acton, Chiswick
- Kensington, Battersea, Brixton, Willesden, Camden Town, Islington, Stepney, West Ham, Poplar, Greenwich, Woolwich
- Beckton, Barking, Dagenham, Charlton, Woolwich, Plumstead, Erith, Eltham
- Hounslow, Heathrow, Feltham, Chiswick, Twickenham, Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston, Surbiton, Sutton
- Bromley, Beckenham, Crystal Palace, Catford, Lewisham, Streatham, Mitcham, Wandsworth, Kingston, Surbiton
- Lewisham, Catford, Beckenham, Bromley, Eltham, Bexley, Sidcup, Chislehurst, Orpington
- Sutton, Coulsdon, Sanderstead, Purley, Carshalton, Croydon
- Coulsdon, Sanderstead, Purley, Croydon, New Addington, Farnborough, Biggin Hill
- Hampstead, Tottenham, Wood Green, Stoke Newington, Hackney, Clapham, Tooting, Sydenham
- Cycling in London
- Barclays Cycle Hire
- National Cycle Network
- Cycleways in England
- List of cycleways
- London greenways
- Segregated cycle facilities
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