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Guide to Cycling in London

Guide to Cycling in London

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Published by: Alberto Peixoto Neto on Dec 20, 2010
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Taking ten wrong turns and cycling down OxfordCircus alongside huge double decker buses,already 30 minutes late to my first day at work wasa strange introduction to cycling in London. But Iwas instantly hooked. The freedom and the speedwere simply unresistable
 –
 
why hadn‟t more
people discovered them? And a second problem
 –
 why was there not a blog that served this greatLondon cycling community?Hense my baby, London Cyclist Blog, was born. Since those earlydays things have exploded. The site has been mentioned by theGuardian and the BBC. It has grown to be in the top 5 most popularcycling blogs in the world and it has even sprouted off an iPhone app(second one on the way!). Since the first day
I‟ve learnt a lot and I
continue to learn a lot. Through a keen interest, through research,through the commenters on the blog and through the people I meet.This eBook here is a result of all of that knowledge. It is the things Iwish I knew when I first started and the things I think it is important forsomeone to know now. There are articles in here that make yourcycling more fun, efficient and safe. I hope flicking through really addsto your cycling experience and if you have any extra suggestions forother things that should be in here then let me know.
Where to findLondon Cyclist
We love tweeting..http://twitter.com/londoncyclist We love blogging..http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/  Affiliate links: This guide contains affiliate links to sites such asAmazon.co.uk. Each time someone clicks one of these links and buyssomething I get a very small percentage from the sale. This helps keepLondon Cyclist alive, free and means I can spend more time oncreating more great content. It even means, one day, maybe I can hirea professional to re-design this free guide!Images: Courtesy of Julie Olagnol
 
Finding the perfectroute through thecity
One of the most common questions I get is what is the best route fromA to B? The problem with this question is it depends what you arelooking for. If you are confident and enjoy riding in traffic then you caneasily just fire up Google Maps and type in your two destinations. This is likely to send you down busy A roads and it is also likely to be
the fastest route. However, if you‟re willing to add a couple of minutes
to your journey time then you can benefit from a much more quiet andenjoyable ride.To find those routes that avoid the busy roads there are a number ofwebsites that can help. CycleStreets and Camden Cyclists Map are two of them.
You‟ll often notice this quieter ri
de takes longer the first couple of timesbecause you are still figuring out the route. Be patient. As you
memorise the route you‟ll stop referring to the map and you‟ll soon be
enjoying more relaxed riding away from the mayhem.
Using CycleStreets
Head to http://www.cyclestreets.net/  and type in your starting point. Then either tap your destination on the map or enter in the address.
Once you hit “Plan this journey” your route will be calculated. You can
then decide whether you want to select the quietest route possible, thefastest or a balance between the two. The data is unlikely to be perfectas improvements are still being made but it can give you great newideas for routes to take.You can review your ride and then if you wish export it to a GPS file tobe used either with your GPS device or your mobile phone.The guys behind CycleStreets are also busy developing an iPhone andAndroid App so you can take this route planning with you.
Using Camden Cyclists Map
This more manual approach simply shows you where there are cyclinglanes and where people have pointed out quieter routes. You have toplay around with http://maps.camdencyclists.org.uk/allroutes/  to get used to it but it is a useful tool.

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