The London Cycling Campaign is providing a helping hand to new cyclists as the congestion charge zone is extended. When congestion charging was first introduced in February 2003, there was an increase of more than 20% in cycling commuters keen to avoid the charge. The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) hopes the extension of the zone in west London will encourage still more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling.
LCC is providing free downloadable starter packs here for those new to cycling in London. The pack includes: access to free cycle route maps; access to good value cycle confidence training; where to find out about free guided rides; and how to get hold of free advice booklets such as Buying a Bike and Getting Started. There’s also advice on how to locate an experienced ‘bicycle buddy.’ and information about LCC, the largest urban cycling campaign in the world.
It is expected that many motorists who currently drive from outside the zone to offices in Kensington, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill will no longer use their cars. Many make journeys of only a few miles and a bike provides the ideal alternative.
Since the introduction of the congestion charge, commuting to work by bike has been increasingly popular. Transport for London says that cycling on major roads has increased by 72% since 2000. Many workplaces now provide secure cycle parking, lockers and tax-free bikes purchase schemes.
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