A Tube strike due to start this afternoon could encourage more commuters in London to cycle to work.
At least that’s the hope of the London Cycling Campaign (LCC), who have set up a Bike the Strike website with recommended cycling routes from various boroughs to central London.
The industrial action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) is expected to cause chaos in the capital.
Sparked by concerns about pay and job losses, the strike is set to run from 6.59pm today (Tuesday 9 June) until 6.58pm on Thursday.
The LCC will be leading five ‘BikeTubes’ – escorted rides into central London with assistance from Transport for London volunteers, who will provide maps, refreshments and guidance.
The rides will begin at 7.45am and take the following routes:
FinsburyPark main gate – Arsenal –
(Islington) – Angel – Moorgate – Mansion House – LondonBridge – City Hall
MileEndGreenBridge – Stepney Green –
– Tower Hill – Bank
- Ravens Court Park – Hammersmith – High Street Kensington – Hyde Park – Charing Cross –
(KFC) – Oval – Elephant & Castle – Blackfriars
- Swiss Cottage – Hampstead – Belsize Park – Chalk Farm – Mornington Crescent – Euston – Gower Street – Tavistock Place – Gray’s Inn Road – Clerkenwell – Farringdon – Moorgate
The capital’s transport commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: “A massive effort is being made, including boosting bus and river services, providing escorted commuter cycle rides and more central London cycle parking, and distributing thousands of walking maps at central London rail and Tube stations.”
For more information on cycle commuting, see our commuting guide. Also, head over to our forum’s commuting section for advice and guidance.