London’s roads to be traffic-free for mass cycle ride

14km of car-free riding in the capital

London is making final preparations to its plans for the Sky Sports London Freewheel, due to take place next Sunday, September 21st.

The Freewheel is a mass participation bike ride with a route that passes some of London's most famous landmarks. Riders will travel a 14km stretch of the city that passes by BuckinghamPalace,

Trafalgar Square, St Paul
's Cathedral and the Tower of London.

The event is part of the Mayor of London and Transport for London’s incentive to get more residents onto their bikes. The number of cycle journeys made on London’s major roads has already increased by 91 per cent since 2000, and it is hoped that the Freewheel will encourage the number of active cyclists to keep growing.

A number of roads will be closed in the City of Westminster, the City of London and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Tower Hamlets between 07.00 and 20.00 to make way for the 45,000 cyclists of all ages that are expected to take part. Some roads will also be closed earlier in preparation for the event.

This has knock-on implications for public transport, so cyclists heading to the day should be reminded of the restrictions of taking non-folding bicycles on the tube or replacement bus services.

Transport for London advises you visit www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner or call 020 7222 1234 to see if your plans are affected.

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