List of cycle routes in London

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This article provides a list of cycle routes in the Greater London area that have been waymarked with formal route signage.

The routes includes Cycleways (including Cycle Superhighways and Quietways) and the older London Cycle Network, all designated by local government body Transport for London (TfL), National Cycle Network routes designated by sustainable transport charity Sustrans, and miscellaneous Greenways created by various bodies. Most recently, in May 2020 TfL announced its Streetspace for London in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: not all these routes are dedicated 'traffic free' cycle tracks: most of them also include ordinary roads shared with motor traffic and footpaths shared with pedestrians.

Cycleways[edit]

From summer 2019, TfL started branding new cycle routes (and re-branding/consolidating some existing routes) as 'Cycleways'.[1][2] This was following feedback and criticism that the previous branding ('Superhighways'/'Quietways') was sometimes "misleading".[3]

In addition, all new and existing routes will have to meet a newer and stricter 'Cycling Quality Criteria' in order to get signed as Cycleways by TfL.[3]

Central London Cycle Grid
A partially completed scheme[4] within the central London area which includes both numbered and unnumbered Cycleways, Cycle Superhighways and Quietways.

List of currently open Cycleway routes:
Name Route Boroughs Comments Approximate Length Map
C1 Ponders End – Lower Edmonton – Upper Edmonton Enfield Will connect with the existing Cycle Superhighway 1 via North Middlesex Hospital. An extension northwards to Freezywater is under construction. map
C4 Tower BridgeBermondsey – Rotherhithe roundabout Southwark Originally announced in 2008 as Cycle Superhighway 4, construction finally began in 2019, by this time rebranded as Cycleway 4. As of September 2020 C4 is partly open from Tower Bridge Road to Rotherhithe Roundabout, albeit unsigned from Tower Bridge to Southwark Park Road. The section from Rotherhithe to Greenwich is under construction but has been paused due to COVID-19. Construction from Greenwich to Angerstein roundabout is underway, funded by Streetspace for London. Proposed to run from Waterloo, past Tower Bridge, through Deptford and Greenwich and then to Charlton and Woolwich 1.9 miles, 3.11 km[5] map
C6 Kentish TownKing's CrossFarringdonLudgate CircusBlackfriars BridgeSouthwarkSt. George's CircusElephant & Castle Camden, Islington, Southwark Includes all of the former 'North–South Cycle Superhighway' (CS6), plus a further northward extension to Kentish Town. There are proposals to extend C6 further north to Gospel Oak. 5 miles, 8 km[6] map
C14 (London Bridge) – RotherhitheCanada Water – (Deptford) Southwark C14 is now waymarked from the Jamaica Road/ Dockhead junction, where it meets C4, as far as South Dock on the Lewisham border, following NCN4. There are proposals to extend C14 along the rest of the partially-implemented Q14 route, running from London Bridge through Canada Water, and along the NCN1 Thames path through Greenwich and Thamesmead 2.9 miles, 4.6 km[7] map
C17 Borough – WalworthBurgess Park Southwark Northern section of what was formerly known as Q7. There are proposals to extend C17 further south into Camberwell. 1.7 miles, 2.8 km[8] map
C20 Enfield TownWinchmore HillPalmers Green Enfield Had originally been planned to be part of Quietway 10. There are proposals to extend C20 southwards to Wood Green in Haringey. 6.5 miles, 10 km[9] map
C23 Lea BridgeBakers ArmsWhipps Cross Waltham Forest Upgrades an 8km section of the old LCN14 along Lea Bridge Road.[10] Construction was part of the 'mini-hollands'[11] programme. There are proposals to extend C23 westwards to Millfields Park and eastwards to Waterworks Corner. 5 miles, 8 km[9] map
C28 Kingston High Street – Palmerston Road Kingston upon Thames An upgrade to part of the old LCN3 route; initially waymarked as Quietway Q19 before being rebranded as Cycleway 28 in December 2019. 1500 yards, 1.4 km[12] map
C29 Kingston stationSurbiton Kingston upon Thames An extension to Tolworth is under construction. map
C31 New MaldenRaynes Park Kingston upon Thames, Merton First section between New Malden and Raynes Park opened on 13 July 2019. There are proposals to extend this to Wimbledon. 1.6 miles, 2.7 km[13] map
C34
(under construction)[14]
ActonEast ActonWood Lane Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham Construction started in March 2019. First section opened in May 2020. This route was formerly planned to be Cycleway 10.[15] map
C35 Bermondsey Spa – Peckham Southwark Opened in summer 2020. Connects directly to Q1 at Bermondsey Spa and mostly follows the routes of the old LCN22 and part of NCN425. 1.3 miles, 2 km[16] map
C39 Shepherd's BushKensington Olympia Kensington & Chelsea Opened in spring 2020. 1300 yards, 1.2 km[17] map
C44 (Queen's Park) – Grand Union Canal – North Kensington – Notting Hill Kensington & Chelsea, (Westminster) Opened in August 2020. Follows the old LCN45 route for almost all of its length. 1.5 miles, 2.4 km[18] map
Link routes
(C)
Central London Grid (various) Camden, City of London Cycleway link routes are usually way-marked with an un-numbered C:
  • Cycleway linking C6 and CS3 (map)
  • Cycleway linking C6 to King's Cross station (map)
Surbiton Kingston upon Thames Signed in one direction from future Cycleway 29 to Surbiton, running along St. Mark's Hill. (Signed as 'Q20 link' in opposite direction.) map

Cycle Superhighways[edit]

Destinations of CS7 in the style of a tube line, on a large upright sign.
CS7 at Colliers Wood Station, showing a 'totem' route sign.

London's Cycle Superhighways were a set of Bike freeways, that were aimed principally at commuters and more experienced cyclists, providing faster and more direct radial routes between outer and central London.[1] In addition to route signage with a pink logo, other distinctive features included blue cycle lanes on some of the routes (the brand colour of the scheme's original sponsor, Barclays) and 'totem' style signage pillars.

History[edit]

London's Cycle Superhighways were first announced in 2008 by Mayor Ken Livingstone.[19] The original proposal consisted of 12 radial routes, with routes numbered in 'clock face' fashion[20] however several of these proposed routes were never built, seeing opposition from the respective London boroughs.[21] Initial implementation of the cycle superhighways also drew criticism on safety grounds, with poor design at some junctions, insufficient segregation of cyclists from motor traffic and slippery surfaces all contributing to numerous fatalities[22][23][24][25].

In 2018 TfL dropped the 'cycle superhighway' name from use on any further projects. All the existing Cycle Superhighways are now part of the Cycleways network and each will get rebranded as a numbered 'Cycleway' in due course.

Wide cycle lane separated from traffic by raised curb.
CS2 in Stratford, after implementation of separated blue cycle tracks.
List of current Cycle Superhighway routes:
Name Route Comments Approximate Length Map
CS1 TottenhamSeven SistersStamford HillStoke NewingtonDalstonDe BeauvoirHoxtonThe City
(A10)
Was completed in April 2016.[26] This route does not use 'blue paint' and is primarily non-segregated on quieter streets (often following the route of the older LCN10), and is thus more similar to the Quietways. 7.5 miles, 12 km[27] map
CS2 CityAldgate EastWhitechapelStepney GreenMile EndBow RoadBow ChurchStratford High StreetStratford
(A11 – A118)
An upgrade to the old LCN11 route, CS2 initially consisted mostly of 'blue paint' cycle lanes. In 2016, after safety concerns and fatalities, the majority of the route was further upgraded to separated cycle tracks [1].[28] 4.3 miles, 6.8 km[29] map
CS3 Lancaster GateHyde ParkWestminsterEmbankmentBlackfriarsTower GatewayShadwellWestferryPoplarBlackwallEast IndiaCanning Town – Prince Regent Lane – North BecktonBarking
(A4209 – A402 – Hyde Park – A3211 – A1202 – A13)
The section from Barking to Tower Hill uses 'blue paint' and was largely an upgrade to the old LCN13 route. Sustrans' have also designated much of this stretch as being part of their NCN13. In 2017, TfL constructed a lengthy extension of CS3 (dubbed 'CS3 East West') to Lancaster Gate. This section does not use blue paint. 15 miles, 24 km[30] map
CS5[31] OvalVauxhallVauxhall BridgePimlico
(A202)
On the original 2008 proposals, CS5 was intended to run from Lewisham to Victoria, however only the short segregated stretch from Pimlico to Oval was built. 1 mile, 1.7 km[32] map
CS7 CitySouthwark BridgeElephant & CastleKenningtonOvalStockwellClapham NorthClapham High StreetClapham CommonClapham SouthBalhamTooting BecTooting BroadwayColliers Wood
(A3 – A24)
This route uses 'blue paint' but featured few separated lanes. During 2020, as part of the response to coronavirus, several sections were upgraded to segregated lanes, including use of 'floating bus stops'.  8.5 miles, 14 km[33] map
CS8 Wandsworth High StreetWandsworth TownBattersea High StreetBattersea ParkChelsea BridgeVauxhall BridgeLambeth Bridge
(A3 – A3205 – Vauxhall Cross)
This route uses 'blue paint' but featured few separated lanes. Some sections were upgraded to semi-segregated status (using so-called 'wands') as part of the response to coronavirus in 2020.   6 miles, 10 km[34] map

Quietways[edit]

Signage for three Quietway cycle routes on Moor Lane in the City.

First announced in 2015, TfL's Quietways[35] targeted less confident cyclists who want to use routes with less traffic, whilst also providing for existing cyclists who want to travel at a more gentle pace. The route numbers were shown in purple on signs.

The scheme lasted only three years before TfL decided to drop the Quietways brand, using 'Cycleways' for further new routes. All of the delivered Quietways are now formally part of the Cycleways network and TfL have indicated that the existing Quietways will be gradually rebranded as a 'Cycleways' (and renumbered in most cases).

List of Quietway routes that were implemented before the scheme was halted:
Name Route Boroughs Comments Map
Q1 North section: BloomsburyHolbornCovent Garden;[36]
South section: South BankWaterloo – Borough – Bermondsey Spa – South BermondseyDeptfordGreenwich
City of Westminster, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham Will get rebranded as Cycleway 10.

North section: Streetspace for London plans[37] include fast-tracking of a planned Q1 extension to Hampstead Heath via Euston and Camden Town.
Missing section over River Thames: Streetspace for London plans[37] include possible road restriction to only cyclists and buses on Waterloo Bridge.[37]
South section: South Bank to Greenwich; route is diverted around The Den on Millwall match days. An extension to Bexleyheath via Falconwood is under construction in Greenwich and Bexley. Much of the existing route was an upgrade to portions of LCN 2 and LCN 22; Q1 also shares some of its route with Sustrans' NCN425.
Q1(N)
Q1(S)
map
Q2 West section: East ActonWormwood ScrubsNorth KensingtonNotting HillBayswaterPaddington;
East section: BloomsburyClerkenwellAngelCanonburyDe Beauvoir TownLondon FieldsClaptonLea BridgeWalthamstow WetlandsWalthamstow Central
Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest Will get rebranded as Cycleway 27.

West section: An extension to Fitzrovia is under construction in Westminster. Some of the awaited route through Camden already has C27 road markings instead.

East section: Bloomsbury to Walthamstow.
Q2(W)
Q2(E)
map
Q3 Gladstone Park (Dollis Hill) – Kilburn) Brent Originally planned to link Gladstone Park with Regent's Park, however Camden and Westminster boroughs have not yet implement their sections of the route. Approximately half of the implemented section is an upgrade to the old LCN 48. Q3 map
Q4 Clapham Common to Wimbledon Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton Although most of the route has been built, the only part to be signed is a single crossing. Q4 map
Q5 Lambeth North – OvalStockwellClapham Common Lambeth, Wandsworth Initially planned to link Waterloo to Croydon, only the section from Lambeth North to Clapham Common has been launched as Q5. Existing route is to get rebranded as a future Cycleway 5. Q5 map
Q6 Manor ParkAldersbrookValentines ParkBarkingside Redbridge Valentines Park is closed at night. Q6 was planned to extend from Mile End to Barkingside, but Tower Hamlets council's originally proposed section was not approved by TfL. Q6 map
Q7 Dulwich Village Southwark Only a single junction in Dulwich remains with Q7 signage.

With the Q7 section north of Burgess Park becoming C17 during summer 2019, this was the first existing Quietway to get partly renumbered and rebranded as a 'Cycleway'. Only LCN 23 road markings remain between C17 and Camberwell for now, as all previous Q7 road markings and signage have been removed.
Q7 OSM map
Q8 Burgess Park Southwark Short portion of route along a widened path inside Burgess Park (labelled on TfL's online cycle map but not waymarked on the ground). Will become Cycleway 36. map
Q11 Angel Old StreetCity of London (CS3/CS7) Islington, Hackney, City of London[38] Runs from Q2 to Southwark Bridge (connecting to CS3 and CS7). Although proposed works for Q11 are yet to be implemented by Islington council, the route is partly signed there. Q11 map
Q13 Old StreetShoreditchBroadway Market Islington, Tower Hamlets, Hackney[39] Connects Q11 to Q2. Although proposed works for Q11 or Q13 are yet to be implemented by Islington council, both routes are partly signed there. Q13 map
Q14 West section: Blackfriars Road – Borough – London Bridge – Tower Bridge Road
East section: Charlton RiversideWoolwichThamesmead[40]
Southwark, Greenwich Originally proposed as a continuous route from Waterloo to Erith (sometimes referred to as Jubilee Quietway). However, only two sections were implemented as Q14: one in Southwark, and a riverfront section from the Thames Barrier to Woolwich opened in June 2018 (largely along NCN1).[41] In March 2020 newer sections of the proposed route began to get signed as C14. Q14 map
Q15 Brompton CemeteryEarl's CourtSouth KensingtonChelsea Kensington & Chelsea A proposed extension to Belgravia has yet to be implemented by Westminster council. Q15 map
Q16 West DraytonStockley ParkNorth Circular Road – Old Oak Lane – Regent's Canal Canal & River Trust Majority of route will be along Grand Union Canal towpath. Improvements along the towpath were scheduled to be completed in 2020.[42] OSM map
Q22 Stratford High Street (CS2) – West HamPlaistowEast HamNorth Beckton (CS3) Newham An upgrade to the section of LCN 16 along The Greenway connecting CS3 and CS2. (As a future Cycleway) this route is planned to be extended to Victoria Park. Q22 map
Link routes
(Q)
Central London Grid (various) Lambeth, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, City of London, Islington, Hackney Routes are way-marked with an un-numbered Q. Notable link routes include:
Queen Elizabeth Hospital – Woolwich Town Centre Greenwich, Lewisham Will be a link to a future 'Woolwich to Lee Green' Cycleway route. map

Streetspace for London[edit]

In May 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting need to maintain social distancing, TfL announced a programme of measures that includes additional cycling provision.[43] Some of these measures are described as 'temporary', although others appear to include fast-tracking of permanent cycle routes. TfL implemented routes delivered under this programme have so far included:

List of notable Streetspace routes implemented by TfL
Name Route Boroughs Comments Map
S1 Park Lane Westminster One lane of the northbound carriageway is now a two way cycle lane, protected by poles. Approximately. 1.4km long.[44] map
S2 Hampstead Road Camden With flow lightly segregated cycle lanes from Euston Road to Mornington Crescent can be intermittent. Approximately 1.1km long[45] map
S3 Euston Road Camden With flow lightly segregated cycle lanes from Gower Street to Judd Street/Midland Street, linking with C6. Confirmed temporary as it will be removed for HS2 works. Approximately 1.5km long [46] map
Bishopsgate City of London 5 Bus Gates have been installed to create a bus and cycle only street from Shorditch High Street to Monument Junction, 0700-1900 Monday to Friday.[47] map
London Bridge City of London Closure to private motor traffic from 0700 to 1900 Monday to Friday, plus creation of with flow semi segregated lanes.[48] map
CS7 Clapham South - Balham - Tooting Bec - Tooting Broadway - Colliers Wood Wandsworth, Merton Upgrade of existing with flow cycle lanes to be mostly light segregated lanes, plus the creation of bus stop bypasses, on the section from Alderbrook Road to Colliers Wood [49][50] overview map 1

overview map 2

overview map 3

CS8 Lambeth Bridge- Vauxhall Bridge- Chelsea Bridge Westminster Upgrade of existing with flow cycle lanes to be mostly light segregated lanes, plus the creation of bus stop bypasses along Millbank from Lambeth Bridge to Chelsea Bridge [51]

Additionally, numerous pop up cycle routes have been funded by TfL or the Department for Transport as part of Streetspace, but implemented by boroughs. Funding has also been provided for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, which have filtered roads to prevent through traffic through residential areas, having a knock on effect on cycling by improving links through these areas

London Cycle Network Plus[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.
Directional sign for LCN 7.
Other signage for LCN routes including Directions, Destinations and Distances

The London Cycle Network Plus (LCN+) aimed to provide a 900 kilometre network of cycle routes throughout Greater London. It was funded by Transport for London and managed by the LCN+ Project Team at the London Borough of Camden. It was launched in 2001, replacing the earlier London Cycle Network (LCN) project, and wound up in 2010.

Although some LCN routes have been upgraded to TfL's new Quietways and Cycle Superhighways, the majority throughout Greater London still exist and are signposted and/or indicated by carriageway markings (although not all the signage uses route numbers). Where route numbers are used in signs, this is usually the LCN route number, but on some route sections the 'LCN+ link' number has been used on signs. (LCN+ link numbers were usually internal reference numbers used for project management.)[52]

London Cycle Network routes[edit]

The LCN route numbering used a radial and orbital scheme, as shown by the groupings in the table below. Some routes were also part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network – these are signposted with route numbers on a red background.[53] There were also a comparable number of un-numbered routes in the scheme. These are not listed in the table below.

The last edition of the LCN route map to be published was the 5th edition (2004).[54]

Orbital routes in Central zone:
Route Number Route Notes Map
0 (Seven Stations Circular) City (→ Liverpool St.) – (Waterloo) – Westminster – Marylebone (→ Paddington) – Bloomsbury (→ Euston) – (→ King's Cross) – Finsbury – The City Three sections are now part of new TfL routes:
south side of Green Park: East-West  CS3 
Elephant and Castle to the north end of Southwark bridge:  CS7 
Southwark Bridge to Old Street:  Q11 
map
Radial routes in Central zone:
Route Number Route Notes Map
1 (NCN) Waltham Abbey – (Lea Valley) – Greenwich – Dartford Greater London portion of Sustrans NCN  1  see NCN1 map below
2 (A2) Elephant & Castle – Old Kent Road – Deptford – Greenwich – Blackheath – Kidbrooke – Eltham (Route 2a is via Eltham station) – Falconwood – Blackfen Some sections are now Sustrans NCN  425  and Quietway  Q1  (see above) map
3 (old A3) (Esher – Ditton) – Kingston – Wandsworth – Battersea – Clapham Common – Stockwell – Oval – Waterloo Some sections will become TfL Quietways  Q4 ,  Q5 . A section in Kingston is now  C28  (see above) map
4 (NCN) (Windsor) – Kingston – (Barnes) – Westminster / Central London – Greenwich Greater London portion of Sustrans NCN  4  see NCN4 map below
5 (old A5) (Elstree) – Edgware – Kilburn – Maida Vale – Marylebone – Hyde Park – Knightsbridge – Chelsea Bridge – Battersea – Clapham – Streatham – Norbury – Croydon Portions in South London will become TfL Quietway  Q5 . Section across Chelsea Bridge/alongside Battersea Park is now Cycle Superhighway  CS8  map
6 Barnet – Alexandra Palace – Holloway – Tufnell Park – Camden Town – West End – Waterloo map
7 (Southgate) – Wood Green – (Finsbury Park) – City – Elephant & Castle Section past Finsbury Park is NCN  162 . Section from St George's Circus, across Blackfriars Bridge along Farringdon Road is now  C6  map
8 Hammersmith – (Paddington) – Angel – London Fields – Hackney – Leyton – Leytonstone – (Woodford) Includes Market Porters & 7 Stations. The portion between King's Cross Road and London Fields is now TfL Quietway  Q2  map
9 City – Broadway Market – London Fields – Hackney – Walthamstow – Chingford – Epping The portion between London Fields and Millfields Park South is now Quietway  Q2 ; between Virginia Road and the Regent's Canal is now Quietway  Q13 . map
Radial routes in North East London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
10 (A10) Waltham Cross – Enfield – Tottenham – Seven Sisters – Stoke Newington – The City The majority of this route between the City and Tottenham has been upgraded to form Cycle Superhighway  CS1  map
11 (A11) City – Stratford – Leytonstone – (Woodford) – Epping This route has been updated to form Cycle Superhighway  CS2  between Aldgate and Stratford map
12 (A12) City – Stratford – Ilford – Romford map
13 (A13) City – (Canning Town) – Rainham – Tilbury Part of this route has now been upgraded to form part of Cycle Superhighway  CS3 . map
14 (A104) Clapton – Lea Bridge – Whipps Cross – Woodford A portion of the route has been upgraded to  C23 . map
15 City – Canning Town – Plaistow – Barking – (Upminster) The section between Tower Bridge and Canning Town has been upgraded to form Cycle Superhighway  CS3  map
16 Cambridge Heath – Victoria Park – Stratford – West Ham – Newham Greenway, Beckton The section along The Greenway is now Quietway  Q22  map
Radial routes in South East London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
17 Greenwich Park – Lewisham – Catford – Beckenham, West Wickham Shares route of Sustrans NCN  21  (Waterlink Way) between Elverson Road DLR station and Loampit Vale, Lewisham map
18 Greenwich – Woolwich – Erith – Dartford map
19 Charlton – Greenwich – Plumstead – Bexleyheath – Dartford map
20 (A20) (Surrey Docks) – (Deptford) – Lewisham – (Chislehurst) – Swanley Includes a short section in central Lewisham that follows the route of NCN  21  map
21 (Waterlink Way) Greenwich – Lewisham – Catford – (Elmers End) – (New Addington) – Crawley Greater London portion of Sustrans NCN  21  see NCN21 map, below
22 Central London – Peckham Rye – Catford – Bromley – Orpington One section in Bermondsey (Willow Walk/Lynton Road) is now part of Quietway  Q1 . In Summer 2020, the section between Peckham and Burgess Park was upgraded to C35. map
23 (A23) Central London – Camberwell – Crystal Palace – Croydon – Purley Northern section (Elephant and Castle to Southwark Bridge) is now TfL Cycle Superhighway  CS7 . The proposed Quietway  Q2  follows some of LCN 23 too. map
24 (Wandsworth) – Carshalton map
25 South Circular Woolwich – Catford – Dulwich Village – Herne Hill – Clapham Common – (Barnes) map & map (25a)
26 (Willesden) – Hammersmith – (Wandsworth) – Streatham – Crystal Palace – Eltham In reality this route is a 'orbital' one in south London from Shepherds Bush in the west, to Eltham in the south east, however it is non-continuous with several gaps. map
27 (Part A21) Battersea – Crystal Palace – Bromley – Sevenoaks map
28 Greenwich – Lee – Bromley map
Radial routes in South West London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
29 Wandsworth – Wimbledon – Sutton map
30 A30, Staines – (Osterley) map
31 A3 Kingston by-pass parallel, Leatherhead – (Hook) – (New Malden) – Hammersmith map
32 Hayes – Hounslow – (Whitton)? – Kingston – (Ewell) map
33 Richmond – Kingston – (Chessington) – Leatherhead map
Radial routes in North West London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
34 (Sunbury) – Hounslow – (Southall) map
35 A315 – Staines – Hounslow – (Chiswick) – Hammersmith map
36 A316 – (Sunbury) – Twickenham – Hammersmith The section between Woodberry Wetlands and Walthamstow Wetlands was branded the 'Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway' in 2016. map
37 A316 parallel, (Feltham) – Twickenham – Richmond – (Wandsworth) – Central London map
38 Wimbledon – Putney – Westminster Short section past Victoria will be part of Quietway  Q15  map
39 A4020 Uxbridge Road – Uxbridge – Southall – Hanwell – Ealing – (Shepherd's Bush) – Hyde Park – Mayfair – West End map
40 A40 (Hillingdon) – (Greenford) – (Hanger Lane) – Bayswater – Paddington – Central London map
41 (Hayes) – Ealing – Uxbridge Road parallel, (Acton) map
42 (Hayes) – Westminster Along Grand Union Canal
43 (West Drayton) – (Hayes) – (Brentford) Along Grand Union Canal
44 A4 – Slough – (Osterley) – Hammersmith – (Hyde Park Corner) map
45 Harrow – Wembley – Kensington – Battersea In Summer 2020, the section between Notting Hill and North Kensington was upgraded to C44. map
46 (Willesden) – (Fulham) map
47 (Kenton) – Wembley – (Queen's Park) map
48 (Stanmore) – (Kingsbury) – Wembley – Kilburn The eastern half of this route is now Quietway  Q3 . map
49 (Northwood) – (Pinner) – Harrow – (Hendon) map
50 Potters Bar – (Hendon) – Regent's Park – Marylebone – St James's Park map
51 (Friern Barnet) – (Golders Green) map
Orbital routes in North East London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
54 Muswell Hill – Wood Green – Tottenham Hale – Walthamstow map
55 (Wanstead) – Ilford – Barking map
56 Wood Green – Northumberland Park The section between Bruce Castle Park and White Hart Lane stadium is now Cycle Superhighway  CS1  map
57 Epping – Chigwell Row – Dagenham map
58 Epping – Romford – (Rainham) map
59 (Rainham) – (Harold Hill) Proposed route, never implemented (?) OSM map
60 Collier Row map
61 (Bedfords Park) – Romford map
Orbital routes in South East London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
62 Greenwich – (Forest Hill) – Sydenham – Penge Route signage does not use the route number map
63 Greenwich – Bromley map
64 The O2 – (Mottingham) map
65 Kennington – Peckham Rye – Ladywell – Eltham Shares route through Ladywell Fields with NCN  21  map
66 Thamesmead – Plumstead Common – Falconwood – New Eltham – Chislehurst – Petts Wood map, map (66a) & map (66b)
67 Woolwich – Bromley (Chislehurst) map
68 (Abbey Wood) – Bexley map & map (68a)
69 Orpington – (Bexley) – Dartford map
Orbital routes in South West London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
71 East Sheen Common – Roehampton – Wimbledon Park map
73 Richmond – Wimbledon – Croydon map
74 Heathrow – Feltham – Kingston – Wimbledon – Streatham map
75 Ealing – Twickenham – Kingston – Sutton – Croydon – Bromley – Eltham – Woolwich map
76 (Ewell) – Sutton – Croydon – Orpington map
77 (Ewell) – (South Croydon) – (New Beckenham) map
78 Forestdale – Sanderstead map
Orbital routes in North West London:
Route Number Route Notes Map
84 (Park Royal) – (Hendon)
85 Ealing – (Hanger Lane) – Hendon – Barnet map
86 (Sudbury) – (Perivale) – Ealing – (Brentford) map
87 (Rayners Lane) – Greenford Broadway – Hanwell – (Brentford) map
88 A312, Feltham – (Hayes by pass), – (South Ruislip) – (Rayners Lane) – Edgware Has an alternative route alignment that is signed as 88a. map
89 (Heathrow) – (West Drayton) – Uxbridge – (Hatch End) – (Stanmore) – Barnet map
Other routes:
Route Number Route Notes Map
99 Hatton – Feltham Signposted as 99, but is really a completed section of Hounslow's LCN link +99 map
162 Finsbury Park – Highbury Fields Shares most of its route with the old LCN7. The route was never way-marked on the ground and appears to have been de-designated as a National Cycle Network route by Sustrans in 2020. map
212 Wandle Park – central Croydon – Ashburton Park Croydon Parks Link, sections opened 2016, 2017.[55] Previously referred to as a National Cycle Network route, but appears to have been de-designated by Sustrans in 2020 (the situation being unclear as the route had already been omitted from their mapping prior to that). map map
222 Broad Green – (Elmers End) Croydon route that ends at borough border. map
232 Wandle Park – central Croydon – Lloyd Park Croydon Parks Link, sections opened 2016, 2017.[56] Previously referred to as a National Cycle Network route, but appear to have been de-designated by Sustrans in 2020 (the situation being unclear as the route had already been omitted from their mapping prior to that). map
755 (Mitcham Eastfields) – Norbury – Thornton Heath Croydon route that ends at borough border. map
777 (Mitcham Common) – Thornton Heath Croydon route that ends at borough border. map

National and international routes[edit]

National Cycle Network routes[edit]

Route number design for NCN routes. Unlike local or regional routes, NCN routes use a red background.
The Waterlink Way, a traffic-free cycle route in Lewisham, is also part of the National Cycle Network.

The sustainable transport charity Sustrans describe their National Cycle Network (NCN) as "a network of safe traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling" that "criss-cross the country, linking up villages, towns and cities".[57] Several of these NCN routes pass through London. NCN routes are signed with white lettering on a blue background, with route numbers having a red background.[58] In July 2020 Sustrans de-designated nearly a quarter of its National Cycle Network on safety grounds[59], including some routes in the Greater London area.

Route Number National Route Description Route through London Notes OpenStreetMap reference
NCN1 Shetland to Dover Waltham Abbey (town) along the River Lea via Tottenham to the Isle of Dogs, through Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Thames Path from Greenwich to Dartford Also serves as part of international route EV2 (see below), and was London Cycle Network + route LCN1. In 2019, a section in Greenwich was co-designated Q14. map map
NCN12 Enfield Lock to Spalding, Lincolnshire[60] Enfield Lock to Hadley Wood Development as the "Enfield Island Village to Hadley Wood Greenway"[61] map
NCN125[62] Dartford: River Thames to Brooklands Lake along the River Darent Opened in 2012. map
NCN13 London to Norwich Tower BridgeBarking (Royal Docks) – RainhamPurfleet shares part of its route with TfL CS3 map
NCN136 Rainham to Noak Hill via Upminster map
NCN177 River Thames to South Coast in Kent Currently open between Northfleet and Rochester, and between Downswood and the western edge of Mote Park. map
NCN20 London to Brighton Wandle Trail from WandsworthCarshalton, then on to Coulsdon The international Avenue Verte from London to Paris follows NCN20; TfL Quietway Q4 shares the route of NCN20 between Earlsfield and the Wandle Meadow Nature Park map
NCN208 Raynes Park to Morden map
NCN21 London to Eastbourne Waterlink Way from Greenwich – Lewisham – Catford – (Elmers End) – (New Addington) – Crawley map
NCN4 Fishguard to London Thames Path between Greenwich and Windsor Also serves as part of international route EV2 (see below), and was London Cycle Network + route LCN4. In March 2020, a section in Bermondsey was co-designated as TfL's C14. map
NCN425 Burgess Park in Camberwell to Durand's Wharf in Rotherhithe 8.1 km route built with a grant from the National Lottery. Some of the central section also became part of Quietway Q1. In Summer 2020, a section between Burgess Park and Q1 was co-designated C35. map

International Cycle Network routes[edit]

Additionally, some portions of these NCN routes have also been co-opted by the European Cyclists' Federation as forming part of their international EuroVelo network:

Greenways[edit]

London's "Greenways" are a loosely defined collection of mostly traffic-free shared cycling and walking routes, predominantly within (or connecting to) various parks and open spaces within Greater London. TfL and Sustrans claimed that "Greenways should be suitable for use by a novice adult cyclist, a family with young children or a sensible, unaccompanied 12-year-old".[63][64]

Greenways in London have been developed by numerous different bodies, including Sustrans (who began the Greenways initiative in 1994[65]), Transport for London, the Canal and River Trust, the London Boroughs, the Royal Parks, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority, under various different funding programmes (including the 2009–2014 London Greenways scheme, the 2012 Games Walking and Cycling Routes programme[66], 'Connect2', the National Cycle Network, and others).

The routes tend to have names rather than numbers, and many of them use waymarking signs or markers in the carriageway, but there is no consistent scheme covering all of them. Some of the Greenways have been co-opted into the other TfL or Sustrans schemes listed earlier in this article.

The table below lists the most notable Greenways in London.

London Greenway routes:
Name Description Map
Routes in or connecting to parks, green spaces and nature reserves:
Tamsin Trail.[67] Circular route around Richmond Park map
Avery Hill Park New and improved cycling and walking routes through this park in Greenwich. map
Ravensbourne Greenway Route alongside the River Ravensbourne through Beckenham Place Park in Lewisham. map
‡ Hackney Parks Connects Finsbury Park, Clissold Park, Hackney Downs, Victoria Park and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford. Some of the section between Hackney Downs and Victoria Park is now Q2. map
Redbridge Greenway.[68] map
River Beam Bridge Shared-use foot/cycle bridge over the River Beam, linking the Beam Valley Country Park with Bretons Outdoor Centre. map
Feltham Park, Longford River New bridge and improved shared use paths.
Jubilee Greenway, Woolwich Foot Tunnel Various infrastructure improvements on the Jubilee Greenway and associated routes between CS3 and the Woolwich Foot Tunnel.
Greendale Extension New link from the Greendale (LCN23) to Ruskin Park.
‡ Epping Forest Greenway Route from Stratford to Epping Forest. Skirts the boundaries of West Ham cemetery, Wanstead Flats, Harrow Road playing fields, Bush Wood and Leyton Flats. map
Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway Cycling route between Woodberry Wetlands and Walthamstow Wetlands. Much of the on-road section between the two wetlands follows the route of LCN36. map
Stanmore to River Thames Greenway Proposed Greenway with some completed sections, included Proyer's Path through Northwick Park, Harrow. [2]
Enfield Chase to Arnos Park Greenway Route in Enfield linking several green spaces Enfield Golf Club and Grovelands Park. [3]
Durant's Park to Brimsdown Greenway Route in Enfield [4]
River corridors:
Roding Valley Way.[69] Follows the green corridor of the River Roding. map
The Wandle Trail Follows the green corridor of the River Wandle. Cycle and walking sections sometimes diverge; the cycle sections are mostly part of NCN20. map
Hogsmill River Greenway Greenway linking Tolworth and Old Malden map
‡ Lower Lea Valley Runs from the Olympic Park via the Greenway in Newham to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel on the Isle of Dogs. map
Sewer corridors:
Newham Greenway Also known as the 'Elevated Greenway'. Route from Stratford to Beckton built on top of the Northern Outfall Sewer. Most of the route is now designated Q22 (formerly LCN16)–see above.
The Ridgeway Route from Plumstead to Crossness built on top of the Southern Outfall Sewer.
Canal towpaths:
‡ Lee Valley North Sections of the River Lee towpath, upgraded for the 2012 Olympics map
Regent's Canal towpath. Towpath of a portions of the Regent's Canal [5][6][7]
‡ Limehouse Cut Towpath of the Limehouse Cut waterway. map

‡ These routes were developed for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

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