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  • Cycling in the City
    ​Cyclist using a contra-flow cycle route in the City

​The City of London Corporation supports the Mayor's Vision for Cycling in London and we see the City as playing a key part in achieving that vision with the Cycle Action Plan.

The City's 20 mph speed limit aims to reduce the dangers from speeding vehicles on the streets improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. The City has a network of Quietways and permeability routes to aid the cyclists with easier or less congested cycle journeys that link up to major routes and the Cycle Superhighways. The quieter routes have less traffic and can be cycled at a more leisurely pace.

Skills for safe cycling

Cycle skills go beyond knowing the rules in the Highway Code. Although a good start the basic skills often learnt when young are rarely improved upon. It's never too late to take up cycling. It improves health and fitness and even improves life expectancy. We always recommend that you improve your road knowledge and skills before taking up cycling. Whether you are a novice or experienced cyclist you can improve your ability to cope with traffic, complex junctions and new road designs.

Book a free cycle skills course

Our Road Safety Team and the City of London Police offer advice and cycle skills to individuals and groups who work, live or study in the Square Mile. They run cycle events, workshops and seminars for City schools and businesses.

If you would like more information email

Cycle routes, lanes and paths

In London there is a network of cycle routes mapped and signposted on the streets to help cyclists find their way. The London Cycle Network (LCN) routes are numbered according to direction and whether they are central, radial or orbital, some of which also form part of the National Cycle Network (NCN). The signs are a blue background with white written information of direction, destination and distances with the route number in a red box. Some routes have road markings painted on the ground with the route number. To find out more see information below on Cycle Superhighways, Quietways and Permeability routes.

The layout of on-road cycle lanes vary. Some lanes are separated from the traffic whilst others are defined by lines painted on the road surface. We recommend that to cycle on-road in the capital you should have skills for safe cycling and the ability to cope with the conditions you may face.

The Cycle Superhighways (CSH) are cycle routes that extend from outer London into and across the City. They are designated as faster and more direct journeys for cyclists across London. Some parts of the routes may be segregated from traffic while others may share the road space.

Cycle Quietways are routes use quieter streets, through parks and along waterways. They are signed routes that link to other cycle routes in the capital. They are intended to attract and encourage new cyclists or cyclists wanting a more leisurely ride whilst making streets and neighbourhoods safer and more pleasant for all road users.

Permeability routes use streets across the City that direct cyclists to take the most direct and convenient journey. You will find contra-flows in one-way streets, allowing you to cycle against the normal flow of traffic. A contra-flow route is identified with blue signs at the entrance to the street with a bicycle and direction arrow and painted cycle markings on the road surface.

Cycle security

The City Corporation and City Corporation and City of London Police are very proactive on tackling cycle theft. We have a number of initiatives to prevent thefts and reduce the number of cycles being stolen. You can find out more about these initiatives on the Transport for London website. Raising cyclists' awareness along with the enforcement measures is a key to improving prevention.

The Road Danger Reduction Partnership work together to provide:

  • Sessions for bike marking and registration as part of the overall enforcement process.
  • Work with online sites and retailers to tackle the sale of stolen bikes.
  • Deliver and evaluate a series of police cycle theft operations.
  • Provide a range of existing educational materials to encourage smart locking practice, raise awareness of bike marking and registration among cyclists.
  • Partnership working with employers to encourage theft prevention at places of work.
  • Encourage the reporting of cycle theft.
  • Develop the use of impact statements for victims of cycle theft.evelop the use of impact statements for victims of cycle theft.

More information

  • Cycle Hire Santander Cycles is London's self-service, bike-sharing scheme for short journeys.
  • 2 Wheels London aids the cyclist, motorcyclist, moped and scooter rider to keep safe on the roads in London.
  • British Cycling has a vast range of information on all things cycling across the UK.
  • Sustrans is a UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day