London’s cycling revolution

Cycling is one of the healthiest and greenest ways of getting around. Read how the Mayor is working with TfL to boost cycling in the capital.

Bicycle seat

Cycling in the capital is on the up; since 2001, cycling on London's major roads increased by 173 per cent. The Mayor wants to go further to really make a difference to how Londoners get about their city.

The Mayor is working with TfL to deliver a 400 per cent increase in cycling by 2026, compared to 2001 levels, while making two wheeled transport safer, more attractive, and more convenient. TfL is investing more than ever before in cycling and funding is increasing to the point where levels of investment are approaching those of other leading European cycling cities.

Central to the Mayor’s cycling programme has been the delivery of three flagship schemes:

  • Barclays Cycle Hire - providing an alternative transport solution for short trips in inner London
  • Barclays Cycle Superhighways – routes for commuters into central London, incorporating a package of measures to support cycling
  • Biking Boroughs – a programme working with Outer London boroughs raise the profile and uptake of cycling

The Mayor’s iconic cycle hire scheme was launched on 30 July 2010 and expanded again in March 2012. Plans are in place to take cycle hire south of the river into Lambeth and Wandsworth by the end of 2013.

Find out more about the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme

Register for the scheme (external website)

Supporting these flagship schemes is a range of complementary activity such as cycle parking delivery, cycle training, cycle security measures and cycling campaigns that have contributed to the increases in cycling seen in recent times.

A cycling revolution

Many of plans to transform cycling in the city are set out in the Cycling Revolution London strategy, published in 2010.

The strategy aims to:

  • make sure cycling is recognised as a major transport mode right across the capital, from central London to the outer boroughs
  • create streets and spaces where everyone respects each other's right to use the road, where they stick to the rules of the road, and where everyone recognises their duty of care to other road users
  • reduce in cycling casualties, with a particular focus on reducing the risk of collisions between cyclists and HGVs
  • increase in secure cycle-parking on streets, in workplaces, and at stations and schools
  • reduce cycle theft tackled through dedicated police attention so that people can be confident that they'll find their bike where they locked it
  • promote cycling as an enjoyable, everyday, healthy activity
  • embed cycling into the way our city is planned and run
  • maxismise investment in cycling - from both the private and public sectors
  • get key partners working together to deliver cycling initiatives
  • provide new routes and opportunities for commuting, leisure and local cycling trips

Read Cycling Revolution London