A Capital Commute (TfL local cycling guide 4)

Cycling’s a brilliant way to get around London, and it’s an even better way to commute. A lot of people get put off cycling in London because they think they’ll spend their entire time on the busy roads they know from being in a car or on a bus. In fact there are thousands of brilliant back street routes to try out which mean you hardly need to go near a main road if you don’t fancy it.

I end up doing the same journey pretty much every day so it’s not something to blog about on a regular basis, but what the hell, just the once eh? Local Cycle Guide 14 is my free cycle map of choice – it takes you all the way from Streatham in the south to Finchley in the north. Don’t worry if that doesn’t work for you – there are 13 other maps to choose from. Pick yours here http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11682.aspx

My route home takes me from Victoria to Finsbury Park. It’s exactly seven miles – at mile one I pass Trafalgar Square, mile two is the magnificent British Museum (not that much of its contents are from the UK) mile three is marked by Mount Pleasant post office. I cross Pentonville Road at mile four, five is Barnsbury and six… well mile six is the Emirates stadium, home to a little local football team called Arsenal. They play in something I believe is called the Champions League, and the biggest impact it has on my life is when I’m trying to get home on a match night. Weaving my way through the crowds of red-clad fans adds an extra ten minutes to the ride home but it’s fun to get caught up in the buzz of the pre-match anticipation.

What’s the best thing about your cycle commute?

About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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1 Response to A Capital Commute (TfL local cycling guide 4)

  1. Will says:

    I like going past the pub in Barnsbury with all the bicycles locked up outside and trying to work out which bike goes with which drinker.

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